Friday 9 December 2016

Ross faces calls to break silence on Olympic controversy

Martin Grant

Published 06/08/2016 | 02:30

Sports Minister Shane Ross. Photo: Mark Condren
Sports Minister Shane Ross. Photo: Mark Condren

Sports Minister Shane Ross is facing calls to clarify whether he has knowledge of how details of the doping controversy were leaked before members of Team Ireland's Boxing team were informed.

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Fianna Fáil's sports spokesman Robert Troy last night said he was concerned at how the information made its way into the public domain.

"I believe he (Mr Ross) should confirm that he did not speak to anyone about the results before the Irish Olympic Council were allowed to follow their own policies and procedures - ministers have to act responsibly, particularly with sensitive information that they have access to, and the public need to have confidence in this."

As Team Ireland reels from the doping controversy that has engulfed boxer Michael O'Reilly, Mr Ross remains on holiday in France.

The Independent Alliance politician is not expected to travel to the Games for another fortnight and has left his junior counterpart Patrick O'Donovan to address the media.

In fact, one source in the Department of Transport, Sport and Tourism said officials were unsure as to when Mr Ross would end his summer holiday and return to Ireland.

Irish Independent

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