Lance Armstrong, the most despicable cheater in sports history, is not a changed man. The first five seconds of a new documentary on ESPN reveal that hardly-shocking truth. The documentary begins with these words from Armstrong: "When my life took the turn that it took... "
I've been having these dreams. Covid dreams. Sorry, have I mentioned them before? I'm on the road. Travelling. Familiar faces. Strange events. But not recently. Not Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday or Friday. Not one dream. Not one restful night. Just tossing and turning and swearing and angst:
Arthur Jolley, who died recently aged 95, was a top class motorcyclist and rally co-driver who in the 1950s scored two top five finishes in the Monte Carlo Rally. With the legendary Cecil Vard, later the motoring correspondent for the Sunday Independent, at the wheel and Arthur navigating, they steered Vard's mother-in-law's Jaguar Mark V through 2,000 miles of snow, hail and rain to receive their laurels from Prince Rainier. Of great pride to Irish motorsport was the fact that the car was assembled and prepared in Ireland - by Maurice Cavey from his works in Camden Street.
Ireland's Olympic hopefuls are the latest group in society to highlight some of the anomalies which lie at the heart of the government's phased exit from lockdown. Most of our elite athletes are not able to train properly due to the current Covid-19 restrictions and so far all efforts to get officials in the Department of Health to introduce special waivers have failed.
At the start of this odyssey into Michael Jordan, one veteran chronicler of his life and times says that only two other sportsmen in history stand comparison: Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali.
So, what now? When this year's Dublin Marathon disappeared from the calendar, that question was on the minds of many runners. A giant, 26.2-mile void opened up in their lives. They were actors without an audience, musicians without a stage.
Dr Philip Doyle has a dream of winning an Olympic medal for Ireland next year on the rowing lake outside Tokyo. A dream that he is chasing while fulfilling his other lifetime ambition - that of being a doctor.
The blonde-mopped vision in pink and white ascends the hill, panting and wheezing. Eyes and hands and legs pointing resolutely forward as if in a rush to beat the snaking queues at the hardware shop.
The Covid-19 pandemic has achieved what neither the weather nor power struggles within athletics failed to do during the four decades: it has stopped the Dublin Marathon for the first time since its launch in 1980.
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