‘He Was Never Available’

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Former OCI president Pat Hickey and boxer Michael Conlon

Johnny Watterson, in The Irish Times, reports:

An official Rio Olympics report from Irish boxing team manager Joe Hennigan claims that Irish management were informed during the boxing competition that fights at the games had been fixed.

It further claims that the medal hopes of one of our brightest prospects, Michael Conlan, were “gone” before he stepped into the ring.

The alarming claims were made in a three-page report, verified as authentic and seen by The Irish Times.

Hennigan, who was subsequently voted in as vice-president of the Irish Athletic Boxing Association in 2017, was given the information regarding fixing a day before Conlan was due to fight Russian opponent Vladmir Nikitin on August 16th. At the time Conlon was the World Amateur Bantamweight champion.

…Having been told the bout was already fixed, Hennigan describes his efforts to locate the then Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) president Pat Hickey in order to inform him and try to protect the interests of the Irish boxers.

[Hennigan in his report wrote] “…we tried on numerous occasions to see Pat Hickey to get him to intervene he was never available . . . I finally got to speak to him at an event the following day and explained the problem to him.”

…The OCI said they were unaware of any allegations of match-fixing and had not seen the boxing team manager’s report.

The OCI is not aware of this report and yes would welcome a copy,” said a spokesperson. “The allegations of bout-fixing you refer to from the report are shocking.”

Former OCI president Pat Hickey could not be reached for comment.

Rio report claims Michael Conlan’s 2016 Olympic fight was fixed (Johnny Watterson, The Irish Times)

12 thoughts on “‘He Was Never Available’

  1. Andrew

    It’s a pity that the integrity of sports and events such as the Olympics has been taken away.
    People are venal and prone to temptation and therefore corruption.
    The Olympics has been a very dubious event for a long, long time. There have been many injustices in all sorts of events over the years. This is not new.
    It’s a shame but that’s life unfortunately.

  2. Bonkers

    Feel so sorry for Michael Conlon, four years of his hard work pissed away by Olympic corruption, you would be absolutely livid.

  3. david

    Seems to me his operation has not taken place and the trial? Will that go ahead?
    Will he return to face the charges?
    Will Delaney also go ?
    Answer a big fat no

  4. realPolithicks

    This hardly comes as a shocker does it, Hickey seems like a guy who liked the prestige of the position but not the responsibilities.

  5. Tman

    Genuine question but could Conlon sue on the back of this. At least a nice fat pay cheque might soften the blow.

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