OCI president Hickey joins executive elite
IRISH Olympic supremo Pat Hickey became one of the most powerful men in world sport yesterday after joining the executive committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The IOC executive contains just 14 members, which puts the 68-year-old among one of the most influential sporting cadres in the world.
A black belt in judo, Hickey rose through the Irish sporting ranks to become the president of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) 23 years ago, a post he still holds, but is expected to relinquish after the next Winter Olympics.
Hickey is already president of the European Olympic Committee -- a role he will continue to hold -- and he becomes only the second Irishman to be represented at the Olympics' top table after Lord Killanin, who became IOC president.