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With all due respects to the denizens of wig and gown land, lots of other people are busy too but still manage to devote many hours each week to sport. Stock photo: PA

With all due respects to the denizens of wig and gown land, lots of other people are busy too but still manage to devote many hours each week to sport. Stock photo: PA

With all due respects to the denizens of wig and gown land, lots of other people are busy too but still manage to devote many hours each week to sport. Stock photo: PA

While explaining on RTÉ radio why the anti-doping violation case against Kerry's Brendan O'Sullivan dragged on for so long to complete, Dr Una May, Sport Ireland's Director of Participation and Ethics, made the following comment: "We would always await the full, reasoned decision, which is made by an independent panel.

"It's a panel which is led and chaired by eminent judges and senior counsels who are quite busy. They make the decisions."

That may well be true but if the legal beaks have so much on their plates, they should consider leaving the sporting arena altogether.

With all due respects to the denizens of wig and gown land, lots of other people are busy too but still manage to devote many hours each week to sport.

That includes the thousands of coaches and administrators across all disciplines and age groups, who give selflessly of their time for no reward or recognition.

O'Sullivan's case started in April 2016, yet only came to light in a Sunday Independent report three days ago. However busy those involved may be, that's ridiculously long and does nothing for the credibility of the process.


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