Athletics Ireland accused of discrimination after rejecting blind runner for world event

Sinéad Kane qualified for the 24 Hour World Championship in which competitors run as far as they can in 24 hours on a track. Kane met the required 200km distance at an approved event in Birmingham in April

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent @aarrogan
18th August, 2019
Sinéad Kane and running partner John O’Regan in the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini-Marathon Photo: Sportsfile

A blind ultra-runner has accused Athletics Ireland of discrimination because she was not picked for an international event despite meeting the qualification time.

Sinéad Kane qualified for the 24 Hour World Championship in which competitors run as far as they can in 24 hours on a track. Kane met the required 200km distance at an approved event in Birmingham in April.

As she is blind, she requires a guide runner tethered to her wrist. This...

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