Olympic Council of Ireland elections thrown open to cycling community

Posted on: December 18th, 2016

As the Olympic Council of Ireland seeks to steady itself after the Pat Hickey controversy in Rio, its elections have been thrown open to members of the cycling community. Above, the Irish team at the Rio Games.


An organisation in flux and whose controversial president Pat Hickey has only just been allowed by the Brazilian courts to leave for home after the Rio Games back in August; the Olympic Council of Ireland is to hold elections for its top posts in a matter of weeks.

And Cycling Ireland has suggested that some of its members may want to go forward as candidates; with a total of 12 posts to be filled.

The national federation has a role in nominating its members for the elections, should anyone in the cycling community wish to go forward.

And it now wants to hear from interested parties whose possible candidacy could be considered before nominations close on January 11th.

The election of the OCI executive committee will take place at a general meeting on February 9th.

The positions to be filled include: president, 1st vice president, 2nd vice president, honorary general secretary, honorary treasurer and seven executive members posts.

“The board of Cycling Ireland would welcome expressions of interest from members who would wish to be considered for nomination,” the national federation said.

“In respect of any of these positions applicants should have a proven track record in sports administration, preferably cycling.”

Applications should contain a brief biography of prospective candidates’ administrative background. And interested parties should also indicate which posts they are interested in being nominated for.

The expressions of interest should be sent to Cycling Ireland honorary secretary Jack Watson – – to arrive by next Friday, December 23rd.

A sub-committee of the board of Cycling Ireland has been established to vet the nominations and to make recommendations to the board for approval before submission to the OCI prior to the closing date January 11th, 2017.