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'Most athletes earn very little money. The least you can expect is integrity and honesty'

Former Irish hurdler Derval O’Rourke was speaking after a dramatic day for OCI president Pat Hickey.

Derval O’Rourke didn't hold back on RTÉ last night.
Derval O’Rourke didn't hold back on RTÉ last night.
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FORMER WORLD INDOOR gold medalist Derval O’Rourke has labelled the ticket controversy surrounding the Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey as “embarrassing” and called for a full investigation to take place.

Speaking on RTÉ last night, the former Irish hurdler says that people in power need to be held to account to enable Irish athletes to flourish on the world stage.

“It think it’s embarrassing, certainly. But I hope there is a full investigation.”

“Just from my experience as an athlete, we’re held to the highest standards for everything, and we’re very accountable, very answerable.

“And most athletes earn very little money. they do it for the love of the sport and the least you can expect is integrity and honesty from the people who are the gatekeepers of the sport.

“So, for me, when it doesn’t look like that’s the situation I find it a little bit disgusting to be honest, because athletes come and go but certain people who have jobs as administrators, stay for a very long time.

“So, I just hope there’ll be full investigations for the sake of athletes going forward. I feel we’re a very talented country and athletes deserve the highest level of treatment and professionalism from the people who are running sports.”

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