Saturday 21 April 2018

Legacy tarnished despite Hickey's own best efforts

Hickey is no stranger to legal wrangles and has taken on the country's leading media titles, writes Wayne O'Connor

'Now, Rio has become Hickey’s defining moment.' Photo: PA
'Now, Rio has become Hickey’s defining moment.' Photo: PA
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

The Celtic Tiger was just a young cub basking in the success of Michael Carruth's Barcelona gold medal win when it was earnestly proposed that Ireland could bid to host an Olympic Games.

"I don't want the country to be the laughing stock of the world. In terms of facilities, we have zero percent in place at this moment," said Pat Hickey.

A bid to host the summer games would have cost the Government a fortune and Hickey was not afraid to dampen expectation. He claimed he was more interested in developing our sportsmen and women.

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