O’Sullivan senses Olympic handball has bright future

Mention the name Eddie O’Sullivan and you immediately conjure up images of his successes with Ireland and Munster.

But earlier this week he took up a completely different role in the sporting sphere — high performance advisor to the Irish Olympic Handball Association (IOHA).

Helping out his friend Lúcás Ó Ceallacháin, IOHA general manager, O’Sullivan will put a professional management team in place to give the Irish senior side the structure it needs to succeed at international level.

“He [Lúcás] approached me there a couple of months ago trying to put a high-performance plan in place and asked would I be interested in helping him out,” said O’Sullivan.

“I’m doing it purely in an honorary capacity, there’s no payments for it.

“Lúcás is a good guy and the minute I spoke to him it seemed they were on the cusp of a big leap forward so I’m in there putting structures in place. At the moment the national team is the priority.

“It’s kind of a mirror of the rugby model I worked with in America where some of the team were overseas playing professionally and others were amateurs. I’m hoping when we go to the Europeans in June we’ll have a chance of qualifying to get the rankings up into the world’s top 30.”


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