Sunday 21 January 2018

'Rift in Rio' leaves the two men in grey suits with very bruised egos

OCI president Pat Hickey Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
OCI president Pat Hickey Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

It would be a hard-pressed tout that would sell tickets for a battle between two aging Irishmen in grey suits at an upmarket Brazilian hotel.

But such is the 'rift in Rio' between Sports Minister Shane Ross and Olympic Council of Ireland President Pat Hickey that it is fast turning into the only fight that will go the distance.

There was no knock-out punch when the duo came face-to-face yesterday to debate the ticket tout fiasco - instead we got two emblems of controversy backing each other into separate corners.

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