Thursday, November 11, 2004

What am I missing here?

Pat Hickey, President of the Olympic Council of Ireland, goes before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Sport, Tourism, Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and NO ONE even hints that he should step down NOW. The OCI receives a fair amount of public money. Is there any other government-funded body that would get away with sullying Ireland's international reputation, which Hickey admitted yesterday, as this one has? Shouldn't somebody's head roll?

I'm obviously not seeing the full picture here. Why isn't the OCI held accountable for the behavior of the athletes the taxpayers fund? When the FEI was notified that ABC Landliebe had failed a May drug test, didn't they inform the OCI? If not, why not? If yes, why didn't the OCI put O'Connor off the team? There's nothing in the Olympic rules which says you cannot suspend an athlete who fails a drugs test, is there?