Wednesday 26 July 2017

Four names in the hat to replace Hickey as OCI boss

Basketball Ireland chief executive Bernard O’Byrne publicly declared his candidacy yesterday. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Basketball Ireland chief executive Bernard O’Byrne publicly declared his candidacy yesterday. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

There are set to be at least four contenders to succeed Pat Hickey as the president of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI).

Basketball Ireland chief executive Bernard O'Byrne publicly declared his candidacy yesterday, saying root and branch changes were needed to the council's operations.

Insiders believe there will be at least three other candidates by the time nominations for the position close at 5pm today.

These include an advocate for change in the organisation, Swim Ireland chief executive Sarah Keane, who was part of an OCI crisis management team convened following the Rio Olympic ticketing controversy.

The remaining candidates are expected to be archery representative Willie O'Brien and honorary general secretary Dermot Henihan.

Both men have 20 years' service on the OCI executive committee.

Mr O'Brien became acting president following Mr Hickey's arrest in Brazil last August.

He is known to have been close to the outgoing president and Mr Hickey previously endorsed Mr O'Brien as his successor.

Once the nominations are confirmed, candidates will go forward for election at an EGM on February 9.

Member federations will have until next Monday to put forward any motions for the EGM to consider.

Mr Hickey is not expected to have any involvement in the meeting.

Irish Independent

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