Monday 19 February 2018

‘I find it a little bit disgusting’ – Derval O’Rourke did not mince her words when talking about Pat Hickey saga on RTE

Derval O'Rourke speaking on RTE2 last night. Photo: RTE
Derval O'Rourke speaking on RTE2 last night. Photo: RTE
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Former world indoor champion Derval O'Rourke has described the arrest of the president of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) as “embarrassing”.

Mr Hickey was arrested in a dawn raid on his hotel room at 6am yesterday on suspicion of the formation of a criminal association/cartel, ticket-touting and illicit marketing.

Mr Hickey was accused of plotting with others to sell tickets above face value in a scheme that authorities say netted about €2.5m in profits.

“I think it’s embarrassing certainly. I hope there’s a full investigation,” Derval said last night on RTE television.

“From my experience as an athlete, we’re held to the highest standards for everything and we’re very accountable, we’re very answerable.”

“Most athletes earn very little money. They do it for the love of the sport, and the least you can expect is integrity and honesty from the people who are the gatekeepers of the sport,” she said.

“So for me, when it doesn’t look like that’s the situation, I find it a little bit disgusting to be honest because athletes come and go, but certain people who have jobs as administrators stay for a very long time.”

“I just hope there’ll be full investigations.”

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