What’s the price of an Olympic medal? That’s an easy question to answer. It’s about £4.1 million, if you crudely divide the £274 million handed out by UK Sport in the last Olympic cycle by the 67 medals Team GB won in Rio de Janeiro last year, their most successful Games in over a century.
EIGHT years ago, Pat Hickey sat before an Oireachtas committee and let rip. And in those days — as in, all the days before Rio 2016 — when Pat Hickey let rip he took no prisoners. He didn’t hold back; he never held back.
Sometimes Hamlet can be nearly as good without the prince. Last week, Judge Carroll Moran produced a remarkable report. He managed to paint a clear picture of the inner workings of Pat Hickey's Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) without talking to Pat Hickey.
Former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey secretly tied the organisation into contracts with the company at the centre of ticket touting allegations until 2026. The deal, understood to be worth around €1m over a decade, was signed after THG was rejected as a ticket agent by the Rio Organising Committee.
2009, July 9: Former OCI president Pat Hickey receives an email from THG boss and Ipswich Town Football Club owner Marcus Evans proposing to become the ticket agent for each Olympic Games up to 2020.
News that Rio's Olympic Park is already a crumbling cemetery could surely register as a surprise only to someone who has been wandering around the Amazon for the last quarter of a century. A soothsaying goat could have seen this coming.
Staff at the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) had been due to take a day off following the historic EGM on Thursday night. But the dramatic changing of the guard at the embattled organisation meant they had to show up for work as usual yesterday.
The AIBA have released a statement today confirming that 'unprofessional relationships' with the sport's governing body had contributed to an atmosphere of collusion between senior management and some referees and judges at the Rio Olympics.
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