Saturday 24 March 2018

Former FAI CEO Bernard O'Byrne nominated for OCI presidency

Bernard O’Byrne. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Bernard O’Byrne. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

The former chief executive of the FAI, Bernard O’Byrne is to run for the Presidency of the Olympic Council of Ireland.

O’Byrne, who is currently the CEO of Basketball Ireland, has been nominated by the association for the prestigious position.

Pat Hickey, who held the position until he was arrested during the Rio Olympics as part of a police investigation into alleged ticket touting, is not seeking re-election.

The position is currently filled by the outgoing Vice President of the OCI Willie O’Brien.  He is expected to contest the presidency at the AGM early next month

In a statement issued this afternoon the Basketball Association confirmed they had nominated O’Byrne.

Quoting O’Byrne, the statement read: “I am delighted to accept the Board’s nomination and I’m really looking forward to the coming weeks ahead of the election on February 9th,” he said, adding that he believes that his 30 plus years of experience in sport administration at a high level, coupled with his background in business, would stand him in good stead for the role.

“I know it will be a tough and difficult road due to genuine root changes which are needed in the OCI operations. These will be difficult to implement but I believe that there is an appetite for change and an appetite to make the OCI more relevant to Irish sport. I’m very enthusiastic about it,” the statement concluded.

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