Rio Olympics Analysis

We must get to bottom of ticket touting

More confusing than boxing judges decisions, more complex than the rules of synchronised swimming, and more bizarre than BMXers competing at the Olympics, one could be forgiven for struggling to follow Ireland’s Rio Games ticket touting scandal.

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Zaur Antia set to rebuff foreign suitors

Zaur Antia has given the clearest indication yet he intends to rebuff any overtures from abroad and stay to lead Ireland’s high performance boxing programme as it attempts to rebound from the disappointment of the Olympics in Rio.

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Annalise Murphy: ‘A lot of sailing people said Rio wouldn’t suit me’

Great expectations would have hindered Annalise Murphy as the sailor left for Rio, of that she is now certain.

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The Rio Games: How was it for you?

From debutants to veterans, from hopefuls to heroes, we asked seven people for their reflections on the Olympic Games in Brazil...

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Who’s the greatest: Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps?

Phelps has the longevity and the multifariousness. Bolt has the indubitable dominance, says Paul Newberry.

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Zaur Antia hits back at criticism

Irish boxing’s interim head coach Zaur Antia has hit back at criticism following a disappointing Olympic campaign.

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I could be an Olympic champion too...

Irish Examiner staff writers and columnists on how they’d excel in their chosen sports at the Olympics - under certain favourable terms and conditions of course...

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Jailed Irish pair seek release as ticket-touting scandal enters its third week

Both Irishmen being held in prison in Rio de Janeiro will petition the courts to be released as the Olympic touting scandal enters its third week.

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Indications of division between older and newer OCI board members over Hickey arrest

The crisis-hit Olympic Council of Ireland has failed to fully back Pat Hickey amid growing speculation its older and newer board members are divided over the high-profile official.

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Rio Olympic games overshadowed by scandal

The Rio Olympics are now over, yet it continues to be front-page news.

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Olympic CounciI of Ireland’s old guard may need to give way

If you wanted a scene-setter to explain the drama taking place inside, you couldn’t have asked for much better.

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Rio tickets scandal set to run and run

Michael Clifford says with the Brazilian ‘cast the net wide’ process and the limited Irish probe, it will be a while before we have answers.

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RIO 2016: Brazil breathes sigh of relief at colourful closing ceremony

Concerns over lasting impact and cost of hosting the 2016 Games

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Bodies in receipt of taxpayers’ funds must be fully accountable

One of the great clichés in Ireland is “best practice”. It’s time for some basic practice, writes Fergus Finlay

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I don’t and won’t feel bad for loving and believing in most Olympic performances

The Olympic Games has come to a close and it’s been two weeks sprinkled with jaw-dropping moments. 

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Why do we still bother with paper tickets?

On the basis that citing a certain name here will probably send you into the arms of the business section, or the TV listings, I’ll spare everyone the trauma.

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Sublime Caster Semenya sticks to the script

It was predicted. That didn’t make it any less impressive, or any less contentious.

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Paul Pollock left disappointed by showing

It wasn’t what he wanted, but that says more about his mentality than his performance. Paul Pollock finished a respectable 32nd in the Olympic marathon yesterday, reaching the finish in Rio’s Sambodromo in 2:16:24.

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Brits say £4m per medal ’worth every penny’

British athletes made “sporting history” at Rio 2016, but their bosses believe Tokyo 2020 could be even better.

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Brazil’s golden boy Neymar proves his mettle

Just two weeks ago Neymar’s commitment to the Olympic team was questioned by Brazil’s fans.

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#RioOlympicsRecap: How Team Ireland fared on the final day of the Olympics

Here's a full recap on how Team Ireland got on yesterday in Rio.

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Intoxicated Ryan Lochte exaggerated ‘robbery’ story

Disgraced American swimmer Ryan Lochte has said he exaggerated what happened at a Rio petrol station and admitted he was drunk during the incident that caused a scandal at the Olympics.

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#RioOlympicsRecap: How Team Ireland fared on Day 15 of the Olympics

Here's a full recap on how Team Ireland got on yesterday in Rio.

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Rob Heffernan: I love it, it’s my life

Without the support of his family and friends, Olympic walker Rob Heffernan admitted he would not have made it over the line.

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Paul McGinley full of praise for Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow

Hopes of an Irish Olympic medal faded in the Women’s Individual Stroke Play in Rio, but team captain Paul McGinley immediately praised Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow.

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Heroic Rob Heffernan walks tall to claim sixth

Sixth — for many it’s a nothing position, not quite close enough to be considered unlucky, though not so far away that a medal was out of sight.

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Rob Heffernan poised to collect overdue Olympic medal in Cork in November

It didn’t arrive yesterday, as he hoped, but Rob Heffernan will nonetheless get his hands on an Olympic medal in the coming months.

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Boxing is amateur in everything and name

The cream of Ireland’s beaten Olympic boxers will be lost to the amateur game after the debacle of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. And they will leave behind a system that will also defeat those who seek to succeed them.

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What the Irish remaining in Rio make of the Olympic impact

With the Olympics drawing to a close tomorrow, it is time for cariocas – residents of Rio de Janeiro – to sit back and take stock of the successes and failures of the event and its long term legacy for the city.

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Pat Hickey farce a big deal but sorry tale was no Saipan

Paul Brady is often referred to as a musician’s musician, the implication being that his work is better appreciated within the trade than among those who take their music off the car radio. The Pat Hickey business last Wednesday had that feel.

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