Requiem For An Olympic Dream

Fearghal O'Connor and Michael Brennan on the nightmare in Rio

21st August, 2016
Pat Hickey at the European Games in Baku last year: his longevity in the world of sports bureaucracy has been remarkable Picture: Jack Guez/Getty

‘We have been tainted in Ireland with a history of problems at the Olympic Games, and we have a bad reputation internationally.” The man who said that was Pat Hickey, speaking after Cian O’Connor lost the gold medal when his horse failed a drugs test in the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Now the former auctioneer from Phibsborough is at the centre of an even bigger, even more bizarre Olympic scandal. Hickey, the...

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