Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Controversy as Blind runner Sinead Kane not selected for Irish Ultra team

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Controversy as Blind runner Sinead Kane not selected for Irish Ultra team


The World 24-Hour Championships are coming up in France at the end of October and there is some controversy about the selection of the Irish team.

Sinead Kane from Youghal has less than 5% vision and cannot run without a guide runner. Even though she has run the qualifying standard, it was deemed that she could could not take part as a competitive entrant as she had 'assistance'.

The International Association of Ultra Runners (IAU) says Athletics Ireland was informed in July that it had the option of selecting Kane effectively as a "non-scoring" individual.

This story has been covered by the BBC News website and the Echo website in recent days.


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