Looking like Ireland will be sending the smallest team in living memory to the 2012 Olympics judging by what as been set as the selection criterium by the Olympic Council of Ireland. On current/last season'sform at most 6 athletes would be eligible to compete for Ireland under this ruling and all bar 1 of these are already major championships medallists. Indeed some such medallists would not make the team and no upcoming athletes (e.g. Ciara Mageean, Kelly Proper) would be considered either.
Indeed only 1 of our medallists in the past (& we don't have that many of those either)would have made the team using this method of selection.
This is totally at variance with what the Irish Sports Council and Athletics Ireland have been working towards and is certainly contrary to what they have been publicising. Is this Pat Hickey is getting his retaliation early or is the problem more deep-seated? Bad enough that the sport is so poorly funded and that the facilities are almost non-existent, but why put even more barriers in the way of success?
Here is what Ian O'Riordan thinks: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2011/0215/12242898 28924.html
Now contrast with the selection policy of the most successful team in the history of the Olympics: http://www.usatf.org/events/2012/Oly...-Marathon/entr y/entryWomen/qualifyingStandards.asp
Does one wonder which policy is the correct one.......? No wonder Michael Cregan (aka Jim Hogan...) jumped ship.