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Basketball CEO O'Byrne to run for OCI presidency

The OCI will appoint a new president for the first time in 28 years.

O'Byrne launches the basketball season.
O'Byrne launches the basketball season.
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BASKETBALL IRELAND HAVE nominated their CEO and secretary general Bernard O’Byrne as a contender for the Olympic Council of Ireland presidency.

Next month will see the OCI will appoint their first new president since 1989 after Pat Hickey opted not to seek another term in the wake of the ticketing scandal and his high profile arrest at Rio 2016.

O’Byrne, who was chief executive of the FAI from 1996 to 2001, took over as the head of Irish basketball in 2011 and says there is an appetite for change on the council. However, if successful in his bid for OCI presidency he will continue in his role with basketball’s governing body.

“I am delighted to accept the Board’s nomination and I’m really looking forward to the coming weeks ahead of the election on February 9,” O’Byrne said in a statement released today.

“I know it will be a tough and difficult road due to genuine root changes which are needed in the OCI operations.

“These will be difficult to implement but I believe that there is an appetite for change and an appetite to make the OCI more relevant to Irish sport. I’m very enthusiastic about it.”

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