Friday 18 August 2017

Annalise Murphy and O'Donovan brothers send their defective Olympic medals back to the OCI

23 August 2016; Annalise Murphy of Ireland, who won a silver medal in the Women's Laser Radial Medal race at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, after a press conference on her return at Dublin Airport, Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
23 August 2016; Annalise Murphy of Ireland, who won a silver medal in the Women's Laser Radial Medal race at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, after a press conference on her return at Dublin Airport, Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Jack O'Toole

Olympians Annalise Murphy, Gary O'Donovan and Paul O'Donovan have all decided to send their defective Olympic medals from the 2016 Summer Olympics back to the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI).

Over a hundred athletes from around the world have sent their medals back to their respective Olympic council's after widespread complaints of flaking, black spots and other damage to the medals.

The Olympic Council of Ireland told Independent.ie that all three of Ireland's medalists from the Rio Olympics have decided to return their medals to the OCI.

The council will send those medals to the OCI for replacement, which reportedly could take upwards of a couple of weeks to either return the medals or to replace them with new medals.

Finn Murphy, Annalise's manager, released a statement to the Ray D'Arcy show on Thursday revealing that Annalise decided to send her medal back to the OCI after complaints of the medal looking a bit 'grubby' and that the medal may have even been bitten.

Murphy's statement read:

"Annalise received an email from the OCI giving her the option to send her silver medal back for re-finishing or to hold on to it.

"She decided to send it back and dropped it into the OCI a couple of weeks ago. The medal was looking a bit grubby but we figured that could be down to people passing it around and even biting it!

"I think the problem was that some of the medals hadn’t been finished properly at the beginning. Annalise is back on the water. She’s training in Dun Laoghaire for the summer and will be going to the World Championships in the Netherlands in October."

Rio Games spokesman Mario Andrada said officials have noted problems with the covering on six to seven percent of the medals.

“The most common issue is that they were dropped or mishandled, and the varnish has come off and they’ve rusted or gone black in the spot where they were damaged,” Andrada said.

The IOC have reportedly offered to replace any defective medals with athletes instructed to send their medals back to their respective Olympic council's.

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