Thursday 26 April 2018

Sports Minister needs to sharpen his reflexes

Shane Ross Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Shane Ross Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Shortly after US swimmer Michael Phelps was confirmed as the greatest Olympian of them all, having won his 21st gold medal, Minister for Sport Shane Ross was also furiously doing the backstroke.

Mr Ross was unapologetic about not being in Rio while the Irish team reeled from the Michael O'Reilly doping crisis and a scandal over highly irregular ticket sales. There are major issues to be addressed about how a competitor who took a banned substance could make it as far as Rio - considering the devastating fallout for the team - and given the rigid tests that are supposed to be in place.

But Mr Ross just found it all embarrassing and disappointing. He told us that he intended to be "kept informed" of the progress of inquiries being made by the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) into ticket re-selling allegations.

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