Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Ireland sends A Team to the 2012 London Olympics...
At the start of August, the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) confirmed that only athletes achieving ‘A’ standards will be selected for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The OCI said "This confirmation follows media speculation regarding ‘B’ standards in athletics. We both are absolutely and totally committed to ‘A’ standards only”
In a recent article in the Sunday Independent, Eamonn Sweeney makes a case for including 'B' standard athletes as well. He argues that the 'A' standard only qualification is just a reaction to public opinion and that the experience gained by younger athletes would stand to them for future events.
He is obviously not alone in that thinking with the likes of Eamonn Coghlan also making the case for 'B' standard.
The article can be seen here HERE