Saturday 14 December 2019

Three candidates for OCI presidency as Henihan expected to rule himself out of running

Dermot Henihan, general secretary of the OCI. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Dermot Henihan, general secretary of the OCI. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

There are likely to be just three contenders in the running to become the next president of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI).

It is understood Dermot Henihan, current honorary general secretary of the organisation, is expected to take his name out of contention for the job in order to focus on maintaining his current position.

Former FAI head Bernard O'Byrne, who is now the Basketball Ireland chief, Swim Ireland's Sarah Keane and the current acting president, Willie O'Brien, from Archery Ireland, have all gone forward for the position.

When the election takes place on February 9, it will mark the end of Pat Hickey's reign. He has not put his name forward for the position for the first time since 1989.

Mr Hickey returned to Ireland just before Christmas, after posting bail in Brazil for his upcoming trial on ticket touting allegations.

It is understood an official announcement of the candidates has been scheduled for Tuesday next week. All 12 positions on the executive board are up for election.

Of those candidates to go forward for president, Mr O'Brien is seen as the closest to Mr Hickey and was hand-picked by him as a successor.

Each of the 34 OCI member organisations has a vote in the final decision on the next president.

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