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The Olympic Council of Ireland’s EGM takes place next month.

THE OLYMPIC COUNCIL of Ireland (OCI) will appoint its new President at next month’s Extraordinary General Meeting, with three nominees in the running to succeed Pat Hickey.

Sarah Keane, William O’Brien and Bernard O’Byrne have been nominated for the position after Hickey opted not to seek another term in the wake of the Rio ticketing scandal and his high-profile arrest.

pjimage (9) Sarah Keane, Willie O'Brien and Bernard O'Byrne.

It will be the first time since 1989 that Hickey will not be running in the election, which takes place on Thursday 9 February in Dublin’s Conrad Hotel.

Each of the OCI’s 34 member organisations are entitled to a vote.

O’Brien has been serving as acting President for the last number of months and was nominated for the position by Archery Ireland, the Irish Ice Hockey Association and the Irish Amateur Wrestling Association.

He will be rivaled by current Basketball Ireland CEO Bernard O’Byrne who was last week added to the presidential ticket.

O’Byrne was chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland from 1996 to 2001 and took over as the head of Irish basketball in 2011.

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Swim Ireland chief executive Keane, who was elected to the Executive Council at the OCI AGM last August, is the final nominee for the position. She became Swim Ireland’s first CEO in May 2004.

The OCI has also released the list of nominations for Election of Officers and the Executive Committee for the 2020 Olympic Cycle ahead of the Games in Tokyo.

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