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

Michael McDowell: OCI debacle shows the sporting body badly needs reform
Pat Hickey claims that the Olympic Council of Ireland was a non-government voluntary body

Events proves organisation should be nobody’s personal fiefdom

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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