The 20-year old Down native who will compete on the pommel horse at the Olympics, an event for which he is the current European champion, is relieved that the uncertainty which hung over the Games in recent weeks has been put to bed once and for all.
Canada and Australia have already pulled out of this summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo but their Irish counterparts, while all but accepting that a postponement is inevitable, have refrained from the nuclear option for now.
Sport may shrink in significance in these unprecedented times but the sight of empty stadiums and speculation over the fate of previously ‘untouchable’ events as the Olympic Games and European Championships hammer home just how serious things have become.
There are increasingly mixed messages around coronavirus. A virologist yesterday said St Patrick’s Day parades should be cancelled to limit the spread of the virus. Prof John Oxford said Chinese authorities cancelled the Chinese New Year celebrations and Ireland should take this comparable opportunity. He warned that Italy offered a valuable lesson: “They sat there for weeks thinking they didn’t have a case... suddenly there was an explosion — they’re the new epicentre now.”
The Irish women’s team were narrowly beaten by Australia in the first round of the four- kilometre Team Pursuit at the World Track Championships in Berlin. Despite the loss the team will take heart from the ride which saw them break a new national record.
MANCHESTER City’s breach of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations; Saracens’ breach of salary cap rules in rugby; claims of state sponsored doping at various Olympic Games; sign-stealing in major league baseball; technology-enhanced runners trampling all over records in athletics; wrestling with an opponent on a yellow card in order to get them sent off in Gaelic football.
It was interesting and appropriate to hear last Friday that the FAI are going to slim down their travelling parties for away matches. We have heard in the past that the “suits” travelled at the front of the plane with the team left in the back. Less non-essential personnel can only make sense and let’s hope that this (small) first step is indicative of a new approach.
The 14-minute personal best Aoife Cooke ran on the afternoon of the Dublin marathon a fortnight ago - she was the first Irish woman home in 2.32.34 - would have been enough to get her onto the start line at any previous Olympic Games.
A European capital of culture is “radically different” from a national capital of culture due to its international dimension, Mr Green said, with the “norm” being that international events should make up over 50% of the programme .
The final hour is at hand for Ireland’s show jumpers to deliver their country out of the Olympic wilderness. Not since Athens 2004 has Ireland qualified a show jumping team for the Games, and tomorrow sees the Irish riders embark on their last chance to make Tokyo 2020.
A “dramatic illumination” of Connemara mountains, snapshots of Homer’s Odyssey on Galway beaches and tightrope walking across the river Corrib are among highlights of the Galway 2020 European capital of culture unveiled on Wednesday evening.