Sports New: redux August 25, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
The SBP doesn’t mince words – well, not too much, in its editorial this weekend. It notes that
Pat Hickey is innocent until proven guilty. But the emails to him leaked by the Brazilian authorities are emblematic of a contempt not just for Shane Ross – whom Hickey was advised by his lawyers to “put back in his box” – but for Irish sports fans and taxpayers.
Most sports fans watch the Olympics only having made strenuous intellectual leaps of faith, suspend their disbelief over doping and cheating and match fixing, in an effort to enjoy the true Olympian spirit.
And here’s a sensible point
The athletes deserve all the praise for their hard work [over the years before an Olympics], discipline and determination. But the Irish tax payer deserves recognition for their contribution too.
Tom McGurk in the same paper has a good piece on how money driven and elitist the organisations in international sports actually are, how wide the gulf between ‘Olympian’ rhetoric and the reality.
And to round it up, Michael McDowell makes the blindingly obvious but still necessary point on foot of what appears to be a most intriguing process by which tickets were made available:
Reform of OCI is now an urgent necessity…
OCI cannot be a personal fiefdom for sporting oligarchs. Continued public funding of OCI and its constituent sporting bodies should now be made conditional on major reform in OCI’s governance.
And he notes that transparency is key. If there’s any lesson to take away from all this it is, as ever, that enormous scepticism should be exercised in relation to such organisations. It’s just good standard operating procedure. Well, that and an absolute determination to ensure that those who present themselves as representing the citizens of this state in whatever fashion are held to account at all times and in all appropriate ways.