Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The long slow decline of Irish Athletics
Here are a few of the quotes...
David Gillick who won Gold in the 400m at the European Indoor Championships in 2005 and 2007 said....“It’s the reality of where athletics sits in the psyche of the Irish public. Go back a few weeks earlier to the national indoor champs – there weren’t many people there. To be honest, it was an empty stadium and that was disappointing. That’s maybe where athletics is right now.”
It's not just an Irish problem either. The International governing body conducted a survey two years ago found ..."that the average age of athletics fans watching on television is 55".
In terms of media presence, the article said..."But athletics has become increasingly ghettoised in terms of media coverage. Go on to newspaper websites and you’ll find it buried in the ‘Other Sport’ category."
The full article can be read here... https://buzz.ie/long-read-irish-athletics-is-becoming-an-invisible-sport/
Posted by John Desmond at Wednesday, March 29, 2017