No action on bet allegations until facts are in, say OCI

The Olympic Council of Ireland will take no action on the betting allegation against Star Class skipper Peter O’Leary until they receive the full documentation requested from the person making the allegation.

That was the clear message from an OCI spokesman yesterday who praised the O’Leary/David Burrows crew for the way they responded to the controversy.

“It is encouraging to see Peter O’Leary and David Burrows doing so well despite the controversy and I know everyone in the Irish camp are totally behind them,” he said.

He said they would not be making any further comment on the gambling allegation going back to the Beijing Olympics.

“That is a legal issue and we won’t be commenting on it until it is all sorted,” he said. “We are talking about medal prospects here and I can say nothing will happen until we get documentation from the person making the allegation. As of now, we haven’t received any correspondence.”

He also denied the International Olympic Committee have been pressing them to deal with the situation or that there had been any contact between them and the Ethics Committee.

“It is absolutely untrue to suggest that the IOC or the Ethics Committee have been putting any pressure on us,” he said. “We informed the IOC of the situation when it came to our notice and we have kept them up to date since then. The Ethics Committee was never involved as far as we were concerned. Somebody has to come forward and then we can proceed further with the issue.”

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