Wednesday January 22, 2020

New Irish giving athletics a compelling new lease of life

A racially mixed Irish team claimed several medals at the World Under-20 Championships in Tampere last week, eliciting an avalanche of richly deserved praise – but also a waft of bigotry from the usual suspects

22nd July, 2018
Rhasidat Adeleke, who won gold for Ireland in the Girls’ 200m finalat the European U18 Athletics Championships in Gyor, Hungary Picture: Sportsfile

Nobody wants to open up. Nobody is willing to look back. Nobody fancies a meander into the past.

Where there’s not silence, there’s discomfort. And where there’s not discomfort, there’s a refusal. The father of Patience Jumbo-Gula says he’d rather not go there. The mother of Rhasidat Adeleke doesn’t respond. The agent of Gina Akpe-Moses says he’s not comfortable having her converse about it, and that “it wouldn’t be something we could explore further”....

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