Friday 23 February 2018

Our athletes' Olympian efforts have been destroyed by the OCI

Pat Hickey. Photo: Brendan Moran
Pat Hickey. Photo: Brendan Moran

Gavan Reilly

The tumbling bombshells of the Hickey affair will no doubt continue to come for some weeks, as the Brazilian police tunnel their way through a mountain of legitimate questions about the handling of Ireland's ticket allocation for the 2016 Olympics. And those questions are legitimate.

How did Pro10 Sports Management win a lucrative ticketing contract when it had only been established eight months earlier? And how did millions of euro worth of Irish tickets somehow end up in the hands of Kevin Mallon, who worked for a seeming rival firm - one which had been banned from Olympic work after its then CEO was arrested over ticket touting at the 2014 World Cup?

Those questions, however, will take time to answer properly.

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