Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Sport Robert Troy TD has said that the Olympic Council of Ireland must bring forward the date of an Extraordinary General Meeting and ensure that the new executive can lead the organisation, with the full confidence of the membership, through these highly turbulent times.
Deputy Troy made the comments after media reports suggested that over €750,000 has been spent to date by the organisation in dealing with the issues since the Rio 2016 Games.
“Renewed public confidence is absolutely needed in the OCI, and its management. At present, the public do not believe that the organisation is in a position to steer itself through the turmoil that it has been embroiled in.”
“Clearly there is a need for a rejuvenated executive with four of the original 13 members having resigned in the wake of the scandal. The EGM must be brought forward and ensure that a newly elected executive has the support of the membership to deal with the challenges that lie ahead,” added Deputy Troy.
“€750,000 is an enormous sum of money for the OCI to be expending. At a time when the funding provided to Irish athletes is considered low by international standards, every effort must be made to conclude the inquiry and bring about a renewal of the Olympic movement in Ireland to ensure the focus in on our athletes.”
“I raised serious concerns surrounding the non-statutory nature of the Government inquiry when it was first established. It was always apparent that the inquiry would struggle to get to the bottom of this controversy while it was on a non-statutory footing. The initial Government inquiry was meant to report within 10 weeks, but this deadline has now passed.”
“The OCI investigation was meant to feed into the Government inquiry into this issue. That plan has now been put on hold entirely and this will have enormous repercussions for the Government led inquiry.”
“Ministers Shane Ross and Patrick O’Donovan need to urgently outline when their inquiry will report, and they must ensure that the tight timeline which was agreed to by all parties at the commencement of the inquiries will be adhered to,” concluded Troy.