The Illusion of transparency - Olympic Council election

HEARD the latest one about the Olympic Council of Ireland’s notion of transparency?

It involves secrecy. Boom ... boom.

The decision by the OCI to elect a successor to its president Pat Hickey behind closed doors would be comical were it not so serious.

In the aftermath of the ticket scandal at the Rio Olympics a new broom was promised by the organisation that would include openness, communication, and accountability.

Yet, in an unprecedented move just days after the OCI’s press attaché sent invitations to media representatives, the media — and by extension the public — have been shown the door.

A letter issued to participants by the OCI’s honorary secretary, Dermot Henihan, said that security would be in place at next week’s EGM to elect a new executive committee and that only the individuals on the list would be permitted entry.

“There is a lot of media interest. Please note media will not be permitted into the meeting room during the proceedings,” the letter reads. This is despite assurances last week that the meeting would be open to the media “in the interests of transparency”.

Let us hope that Sports Minister Patrick O’Donovan, who has vowed to impose strict new transparency rules on all sporting bodies, will make the OCI see sense.

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