Wednesday 21 February 2018

Comment: OCI surely needs its most potent sports administrator - but John Delaney is invisible

John Delaney ;with Pat Hickey and (left) Eamon Collins
John Delaney ;with Pat Hickey and (left) Eamon Collins
David Kelly

David Kelly

Where is Ireland's most potent sports administrator when his country needs him most? When the OCI unfurled its three-member "crisis sub-committee" in the early hours of yesterday morning, the surprise was not necessarily the names of those who were included.

Rather, the glaring omission of the one name who is possessed of the inordinate experience and leadership required in this time of self-stated crisis.

With due deference to the triumvirate of Sarah Keane of Swim Ireland, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin of Athletics Ireland and Robert Norwood of the Snowsports Association of Ireland, none of the aforementioned can ever claim to challenge the seemingly illimitable influence of their fellow board member, the Football Association of Ireland Chief Executive John Delaney.

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