Wednesday November 25, 2020

Matt Sandy: A scandal years in the brewing before Rio

The OCI president had no idea what was about to hit him, writes Matt Sandy in Rio de Janeiro

28th August, 2016
Marcus Evans: the Ipswich Town owner struck two deals that placed him at the centre of Irish sport Pic: Shutterstock

Cocooned within the elegance of the IOC’s annual congress held in the five-star Windsor Oceânico hotel near the Olympic Park, Pat Hickey had no idea of the tsunami that was about to engulf him and the Irish Olympic movement.

The veteran Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) president had just announced, to little reaction, that he had been re-elected to his position on the executive committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC),...

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