Michael McDowell: OCI debacle shows the sporting body badly needs reform

Events proves organisation should be nobody’s personal fiefdom

21st August, 2016
Pat Hickey claims that the Olympic Council of Ireland was a non-government voluntary body

The debacle in Rio raises serious issues for the sporting reputation and standing of Ireland. The decision of the government to establish a non-statutory inquiry may take immediate pressure off minister Ross but such an inquiry at this stage faces very significant obstacles which call into question its usefulness.

Given that we have a senior cabinet minister with responsibility for sport, that we have a statutory sports council, and that large amounts of public money...

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