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Goalposts May Have Moved But Goal Remains The Same For Smyth

At the turn of the decade, Jason Smyth was preparing for a run at number six and seven in terms of Paralympic gold medals. The fastest Paralympian in history was gearing up for Tokyo 2020 only for the games to be deferred for a year following the outbreak of Covid-19 across the globe. Smyth, like many athletes, now finds himself …

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John Treacy: Olympics Decision Needs To Come Sooner Rather Than Later

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Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy has called upon the IOC to look at postponing the Olympic Games in Tokyo beyond this summer. With concerns increasing every day surrounding the coronavirus crisis, the IOC said on Tuesday there was no need for “any drastic decisions at this stage”. The four-time Olympian and former Marathon silver-medalist described the uncertainty around qualification as …

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Russia Have Been Banned From 2020 Olympic Games & 2022 World Cup

The World Anti-Doping Agency has banned Russia from global sporting events meaning they will not be eligible to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics or the 2022 FIFA World Cup.  The decision comes after WADA accused Moscow of falsifying data from an anti-doping laboratory. “The full list of recommendations have been unanimously accepted,” said WADA spokesman James Fitzgerald, via the …

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Rory McIlroy Confirms He Has Committed To Ireland For Tokyo 2020

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Rory McIlroy has confirmed that he will represent Ireland at next year’s Olympic Games claiming it was an easy decision to make as soon as he stopped worrying about “trying not to upset anyone”. McIlroy, who is eligible to represent both the UK & Ireland, withdrew from the Rio Games in 2016 citing issues over the Zika virus. However, many …

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Blow To Ireland’s Olympic Hopes As Joe Ward Turns Professional

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Two-time World silver medallist Joe Ward has announced his move to professional boxing with immediate effect.  The Westmeath native has signed a contract with Times Square Boxing, based in New York. Ward is a three-time European champion and was expected to be one of Ireland’s best hopes for an Olympic medal in Toyko next year, having represented his country in …

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Team Ireland Confirm McIlroy Will Represent Ireland At 2020 Olympics

Neil Manchip, the Team Leader of the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI), has confirmed that Rory McIlroy will represent Ireland, if selected, for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Manchip highlighted his delight at McIlroy’s commitment to representing Ireland in a statement released on Wednesday. “We are delighted that Rory has signalled his intention to compete  for Ireland at …

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Rhys McClenaghan – “I Always Felt Like If I Wanted Something Bad Enough, I’d Do It Myself”

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There’s something about the Irish psyche which means many of our elite athletes tend to play down their achievements or make safe predictions about their potential success in future competitions. Focusing on the quality of their opponents, or using phrases such as “I’ll give it my best and see what happens” are often expressed and it’s clear to see why. …

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Boxing Body Vote Could See Sport Thrown Out Of Olympics

The congress of the scandal-hit International Amateur Boxing Federation (AIBA) that begins in Moscow on Friday may be a turning point for the sport and its future in the Olympics. Gafur Rakhimov, an Uzbek who has been linked to organised crime by the US Treasury Department, is one of two candidates standing for the position of AIBA president at the …

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