Olympic Council of Ireland officials and qualified Team Ireland atheletes mark the 100 days from Rio countdown in Dublin this week. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

(...) time for Rio. So Athletics Ireland must decide which three get to go, and which one misses out(...)

Ben Johnson: faced disaster when his career ended in disgrace. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

(...) ‘normal’ careers. So what are sporting bodies IRFU, GAA, FAI, Athletics Ireland etc. doing to guide and(...)

Boxer Paddy Barnes, flag bearer for the Ireland team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, with Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

(...) deadlines – not least the decision of the IAAF on whether or not Russia will be allowed into athletics(...)

Team Ireland boxer Paddy Barnes who was named as flagbearer for Team Ireland for the forthcoming Rio Olympic Games during a press conference to celebrate 100 Days out from the Rio Olympic Games. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

(...) team in Irish Olympic history. Irish qualifiers to date Athletics Men’s 50k Race Walk (Rob(...)

Riyad Mahrez celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Leicester against Swansea City. (Photograph:  Darren Staples/Reuters)

(...) sports. But there was mathematics behind this, as well. A little like the Oakland Athletics, the(...)

Ryan Quinn (11) from Lucan, National BMX Champion two years running. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times
Sporting an Olympic dream

(...). Irish inspiration: Jack Wooley Modern pentathlon Not to be confused with the athletics pentathlon(...)

South Africa won the Rugby World Cup when they last hosted it in 1995, but may be prevented from doing so again in 2023. Photograph: Getty

(...), football, athletics and netball. Football was the only federation to meet its target, while race “quotas(...)

Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho and Christian Benteke in the stands during their side’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Newcastle United. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

(...) outrageously light to anyone who is more familiar with the two-year bans commonplace in athletics, but they(...)

 Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge reacts after crossing the finish line to win the elite men’s race of the 2016 London Marathon,  setting a new course record and just missing out on a new world record by seven seconds. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Eliud Kipchoge ran the second fastest marathon time in history as he retained his London title in the most brilliant and emphatic style. The 31-year-o(...)

Ireland rugby internationals: Dave and Rob Kearney, National Dairy Council brand ambassadors, at the launch of the Irish Times Best Sports Club in Ireland comptition.  Photograph: Eric Luke

(...)), soccer (36) and rugby (30). Athletics has 24 club nominations, and boxing 20. Eighteen of the nominations(...)