The International Olympic Committee is left with only two candidate cities for the 2024 Olympics – Paris and Los Angeles – after Budapest, Boston, Hamburg and Rome dropped out of the race. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

The Olympics are a poisoned brand few cities want to touch – where do they go from here?

 Páraic Duffy:  as chairman of the intercounty work group, 17 years ago, he successfully introduced the most radical reform in the history of the GAA’s championship. Photograph: Donall Farmer

GAA director general aims to pilot through biggest reform to championship since 2000

GAA director general Páraic Duffy. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

70% of membership against proposed reform to football championship

The GAA Annual Congress will take place in Croke Park this year. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Donegal and Wexford will voice unanimous opposition to Páraic Duffy’s plan

 Club Players’ Association chairman Michael Briody: “We have called the GAA to take on board other stakeholders’ views.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Association remains emphatically opposed to proposed football championship changes

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ciara Mageean hoping to repeat or improve on European bronze medal at 1,500m

Ciara Mageean of UCD AC with her gold medal after winning the 3000m at the National Senior Indoor Championships at the National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

Transfer of allegiance now suiting Ireland as shown at new National Indoor Arena

“And that is the magic of cycling: the simple forward motion from the power in your legs treats you to great bursts of freedom.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Cycling on the open road has its own gentle rush and slow thrill

Darren O’Sullivan: the Kerry star will spearhead Glenbeigh-Glencar’s bid for the All-Irlenad Junior title against Tyrone side The Rock.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kerry star Darran O’Sullivan bidding to add an All-Ireland junior medal to his honours' list

Ciara Mageean: finished fifth in the 1500m at the Athlone International Indoor meeting. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Romanian Claudia Bobocea runs a personal best of of 4:08.19 as she secures victory

Liam Rushe: “These lads have the same route to travel. Ger [Cunningham] has given them the rope. It’s up to them to seize their opportunity.”  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Captain says young guns must grab their chance as Dublin face tough trip to Cork

Wexford hurler Lee Chin: “I’m not worrying about injury. Obviously I just hope I come back in one piece.” Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Wexford’s finest heads to Canada to train with professional NHL team Vancouver Canucks

Shane Carthy of St Vincent’s  is put under pressure by the Slaughtneil trio of  Christopher Bradley, Keelan Feeney and Patsy Bradley  during the All-Ireland club semi-final at Pairc Esler, Newry. Photograph: Inpho

Derry champions already in football final while the hurlers face Cuala in the semi-final

Dublin’s Ryan O’Dwyer and Paddy Smyth tackle Aidan McCormack of Tipperary during their Allianz League clash. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The All-Ireland champions picked up exactly where they left off at GAA headquarters

Eamonn Coghlan winning the Wanamaker Mile in New York in  1977. Photograph:  William N. Jacobellis/New York Post Archives /via Getty Images)

Bernard Ibirogba and Emily Kelly get the chance to compete at world famous event

 Sarah Keane is congratulated after being elected as the new president of the Olympic Council of Ireland during their EGM at the Conrad Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Swim Ireland chief executive wins overwhelming majority of vote at EGM

Willie O’Brien: worked closely with Pat Hickey and has been involved with the  OCI for 21 years. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile/Getty

Former competitive archer has long been regarded as a Pat Hickey loyalist

Pat Hickey was president of the Olympic Council of Ireland from 1989. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Who is favourite; how will the vote work; who has a vote and what will it take to win a seat

 Cian Dillon at the Allianz Hurling League launch in Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Banner County begin defence of their league title away to Cork on Saturday night

Tipperary’s Seamus Callinan:  “Sometimes you won’t score as much as you do in other days, but you have to take that too. Once you’re enjoying the game, that’s the main thing.” Photograph: Inpho

Winner of All-Star in 2016 says Tipperary want to continue last year's success

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald at the Allianz Hurling League launch in Croke Park. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Former Clare manager has mellowed but his passion for competition is still unmistakable

Pat Hickey will play no role in Thursday night’s vote to replace him as OCI president. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

71-year-old: ‘Time has now come to pass the Irish Olympic torch to a new generation’

Richie Hogan scored 11 points as Kilkenny edged out Galway to secure a 20th Walsh Cup. Photograph: Inpho/Tommy Dickson

Ever-reliable Richie Hogan slots 11 points to see Brian Cody’s Cats home at Nowlan Park

Mick Clohisey in the marathon in Rio. “I’ve seen some pictures of myself in Rio, and can’t believe how bad I look.” Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Ron Hill clocked up over 150,000 miles, the equivalent of running six times around the world

Dublin’s Rory O’Carroll is currently living in New Zealand. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

All Star full-back is expected to remain in New Zealand until after the summer

 Peter Crowley will continue as Kerry captain for the time being. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Roscommon manager Kevin McStay names two debutants to take on Tyrone

Last year’s Ice Mile swim in Lough Dan.

Sixteen half mad swimmers will attempt the Ice Mile in Lough Dan this Saturday

Sports agent now represents the interests of best-known figures from a range of sports

 Wicklow manager Johnny Magee watches his side play Carlow in the All Ireland Senior Championship last year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Manager feels his county would benefit from a more liberal cross-border agreement

There are three candidates to succeed Pat Hickey as president of the OCI. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Willie O’Brien, Sarah Keane and Bernard O’Byrne the candidates to replace Pat Hickey

Michael Fitzsimons started for Dublin at corner back in the All-Ireland final replay against Mayo. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Corner-back has proven a breakthrough can be made despite champions’ wealth of talent

William O’Brien is looking to remain in his role in the OCI. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Deloitte recommendation was to limit the terms of all executive committee members

Luggala estate,  Co Wicklow

‘A miraculously preserved kingdom where the only certainty is that it never stays the same’

Kerry’s Darran O’Sullivan finds the back of the net in the All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin last summer. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry forward has no regrets about giving up his job to concentrate on his football career

Rhys McClenaghan performing for invited guests including An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the opening of eh new National Indoor Arena at Adamstown, Dublin. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

New facility the jewel in the crown of the National Sports Campus at Abbotstown

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, has confirmed the government report into the Rio Olympics ticketing controversy will be five months late. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Shane Ross declines to comment on Pat Hickey who is yet to receive Brazil court date

Marita Koch’s 47.60 for 400m  has stood as both the European and world record since 1985 and that may never be broken as doping was systematic in that era in East Germany. Photograph : Tony Duffy/Getty Images

European Athletics’ bid to weed out dubious records an exercise fraught with difficulty

 Mayo’s Sarah Rowe, Donegal’s Geraldine McLaughlin, Cork’s Jess O’Shea and Dublin’s Sinéad Goldrick attend the announcement of Lidl Ireland’s second year of partnership with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association.  Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

All Star player calls for more State funding for Women’s Gaelic Players Association

GAA Director General Paraic Duffy has strongly defended the proposed reform to the All-Ireland football championship. Photo: Inpho

GAA director general has defended the proposed reforms to the football championship

Aidan O’Mahony: “I have utmost respect for every player whom I have played against as we all put on our county colours with a common goal in mind.” Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

‘His aggression and never-say-die attitude was an inspiration’ says Jack O’Connor

Jonny Cooper (right) with Kerry’s Donnchadh Walsh   at the 2017 Allianz Football League launch on Monday in Croke Park. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

‘I would agree that the black card has helped to clean the game up’ says Dublin defender

Donnchadh Walsh of Kerry: ‘The whole ethos in the dressing room ... is that it’s up to the players to be the leaders.’ Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Stars will not be following intercounty retirement of Aidan O’Mahony and Marc Ó Sé

FAI chief executive John Delaney  had been identified by Pat Hickey as his successor as president of the OCI. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dáil committee’s behaviour during week doesn’t augur well for greater accountability

Dublin footballer Kevin McManamon at a media event this week at Parnell Park. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Dublin star believes that mental preparation a key factor in any sporting success

Former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

IOC role gives former president right to stay in organisation and vote in upcoming election

 Kilkenny hurler Michael Fennelly at the GAA Healthy Clubs launch at Craobh Chiaráin GAA Club in Donnycarney, Dublin. “Hurling is such a large part of my life, over the last number of years, and I feel I have more to give.” Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

The Kilkenny hurler is facing the prospect of his Achilles’ tendon injury ending his career

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte: “The pressure is to deliver the best of ourselves; that’s the only pressure I can entertain.” Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Mickey Harte doesn’t buy ‘myth’ that managers are demanding the impossible of players

Cavan’s Alan O’Mara: “A lot of other things were going on that I chose to ignore, in the interest of chasing one goal, that dream.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘Corinthian: Sports and Mental Health’ seminar will feature three elite athletes’ stories

 Students preparing their stand at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition  at the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke

Karen Murray’s timely project focuses on an issue that requires attention

Davy Fitzgerald’s first game in charge of Wexford saw them thrash UCD at Gorey. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

Under-strength students easily dispatched in Gorey as new boss sees his side notch five

Frank Murphy broke Ronnie Delany’s Irish 1,500m record in 1969 – 13 years after Delany had set it  Melbourne Olympics.

Middle distance runner won countless admirers for his talent and his personality

Acting president Willie O’Brien: candidate for  OCI  president. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Associates and opponent of Pat Hickey expected to be among candidates for president

Frank Murphy, who was inducted into the National Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014, has died aged 69. Photograph: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

Won a silver medal in the 1500m in the 1969 European Championships in Athens

Kellie Harrington in action against China’s Wenlu Yang in the light-welterweight final at the 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in  Astana, Kazakstan.  Photograph: Inpho

Kellie Harrington, Ciara Mageean, Mona McSharry, Aisling Moloney, Natalya Coyle

Longford’s Francis McGee in action against Dublin’s Jarleth Curley, Jonny Cooper and James McCarthy during last year’s O’Byrne Cup clash. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

‘I’d say Dublin’s weak team could be quite strong,” says Longford boss Denis Connerton

 Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge winning the London marathon  in 2016. Kipchoge will  be part of Nike’s Breaking2 project. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

Sports scientists say we won’t see landmark time until 2075 but Nike believe otherwise

At just 24, the Waterford athlete had also become Ireland’s first Olympic sprint event finalist in 84 years, neatly tracing the trial back to Bob Tisdall at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Sports review of 2016: Barr delivers in 400 metres final but misses out by .05 of a second

Jim Gavin: will have the opportunity to experiment in the O’Byrne Cup; Dublin’s first game is on January 8th against DCU.  Photograph:  Dara MacDonaill

Vast majority of Jim Gavin’s All-Ireland winning panel will be unavailable

Pat Hickey: “I have returned to Ireland where I will undergo ongoing medical treatment under the care of my medical consultant.” File photograph: AFP

Former OCI chief intends ‘to adhere to any requests made by the Brazilian authorities’

The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Annalise Murphy with Sonia O’Sullivan, who was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the annual awards ceremony at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Drive to be best is often buried so deep that sporting greats are not even aware it exists

Frances Kavanagh of Sport Ireland at the Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman Of The Year Awards at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tánaiste highlights ‘empowering’ nature of sport at Sportwoman of the Year awards

Overall award winner Annalise Murphy with Sonia O’Sullivan who was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the The Irish Times/Sports Ireland Sportswoman of the Year awards ceremony at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The former Olympic silver medalist was honoured at The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year awards

Pat Hickey will not contest the OCI presidential election in February. Photo: Inpho

Hickey held position largely unchallenged since 1989 until arrest in Rio de Janeiro

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody: “We weren’t good enough to win the final. Next year has the same challenges as every other year.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Entering his 19th season, Cody has no fears the conveyor belt of underage success is at an end

Vice-President of the Irish Olympic Council, Willie O’Brien and Dr. David Feegan outside the Hospital Samaritano in Rio after Pat Hickey’s arrest at the Olympics. O’Brien is understood to be putting forward his name for re-election. Photo: Inpho

OCI confirm elections for all executive committee positions will take place in February

A judge in Rio de Janeiro has given the go-ahead for former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey to leave Brazil.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Former OCl president has been detained in country since ticket controversy in August

Ireland’s Fionnuala McCormack competes during Sunday’s European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho.

Kenyan women competing for Turkey claim gold and silver as Irish runner comes fifth

Fionnuala McCormack during the European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Kenyan women running for Turkey take gold and silver at European Cross Country

Ireland’s Fionnuala McCormack will be hoping to regain the European Cross Country title in Chia, Italy, on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

African converts present biggest competition for former champion in Sardinia

Of the 136 banned substances detected in 104 athletes,  36 were for stanozolol, the same anabolic steroid that Ben Johnson tested positive for back in 1988.

Retesting of old samples from London and Beijing results in 104 bans on athletes

Yasemin Can wins the European 10,000m in Amsterdam last July just over four months after completing her transfer from Kenya to Turkey. Photograph: Getty

Fionnuala McCormack’s chances of regaining her title are slim for a very good reason

Shona Heaslip celebrates winning the Senior Women’s race during the Irish Life Health National Cross Country Championships at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown, Co Dublin, in November. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Disillusioned with dancing in feiseanna, she started running, and has never looked back

Jackie Tyrrell considers himself one of the lucky ones, that he retires still fit and able to play for his club, with a career to go with it

Kilkenny great: ‘If we didn’t win All-Ireland it was a waste of a year'

  Cork camogie star Anna Geary, Waterford hurler Austin Gleeson and former Kilkenny hurler Jackie Tyrell at the Littlewood sponsorship launch in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Company investing over €3 million in three years to help sponsor hurling and camogie

Fionnuala McCormack after finishing fourth at the European Cross Country championships in France last year. Photograph: INPHO/Sasa Pahic Szabo

Chances of Fionnuala McCormack winning back the European Cross Country title in Italy now look slimmer

Seantrel Henderson of the Buffalo Bills: agent says suspension was due to using cannabis to relieve  effects of Crohn’s disease. Photograph: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

While not performance-enhancing, Wada believes it violates the ‘spirit of sport’

Seán Cavanagh: suggested the commitment to intercounty football has gone “completely mental”, and that he was already back training hard for 2017.  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

GAA head of games administration Feargal McGill unaware of any breaches

Aogán Ó Fearghail: “There has always been an attraction to the sight of the best players in a province playing with instead of against each other.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Parnell Park and Nenagh to host semi-finals in football and hurling next week

Pat Hickey: the statement said the payment was made as a “temporary loan” so he could return to Ireland to receive medical treatment for a heart condition Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Association of National Olympic Committees: temporary loan made on ‘humanitarian’ grounds

Thomas Barr of Ireland after finishing in fourth place with a new Irish record of 47.97 during the Men’s 400m hurdles final in the Olympic Stadium, Maracanã, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

‘This year made me realise I don’t need to be afraid of these guys. I’m at their level’

Ronnie Delany watches footage of his Olympic final victory with Ian O’Riordan earlier this week. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Olympic win was seen by nobody in Ireland but news soon spread by word-of-mouth

 Ronnie Delany winning the 1,500 metres gold medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. Photograph: IOC/Allsport

Champion athlete relives day: ‘It’s only after it’s won that you realise the immensity of it’

 Fionnuala McCormack of Kilcoole AC: Chia will be her 34th international appearance. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Ciara Mageean, Kerry O’Flaherty and Michelle Finn are also heading to Italy

The leaders in the women’s senior race at the Irish Life Health National Cross Country Championships in Abbotstown,  Co Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Shock win in 8km race earns runner a place on senior European Championships team

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt successfully defended his three Olympic sprinting titles in Rio this summer. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA.

Invitation to London premier withdrawn due to awkward questions being asked

Corofin’s Gary Sice and St Brigid’s Karl Mannion ahead of the Connacht club football final.  Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Gary Sice and Karol Mannion are two survivors from dramatic 2006 provincial final

Seán Cavanagh: “Probably the most disappointing thing is that I’m not even sure if players are behind the mark.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Red Hand stalwart unconvinced of the merit of the newly-introduced mark

Paddy Stapleton: has announced his retirement after ten years on the Tipperary senior panel. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Former Premier County stalwart Paddy Stapleton announces his retirement

Vincent O’Brien: bought supplements online from what appeared to be a reputable company, only later to learn that the supplement industry, especially in bodybuilding, is poorly regulated. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Vincent O'Brien also bought supplements online. The clot was discovered on honeymoon

Pat Hickey in Rio in August: it is expected that it could be about 15 days before his passport is returned. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Judge notes risk of former OCI president failing to return to Brazil must be balanced with health concerns

Pat Hickey: Arrest overshadowed Ireland’s participation in the Rio games. Photograph: The Irish Times

Judge rules passport should be returned and exit permitted so as ‘to treat health problems’

Conor McGregor’s stares down Eddie Alvarez in a UFC 205 billboard on Times Square in New York City. Photograph: Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Olympic hero dominated indoor racing in New York when athletics really mattered

Pat Hickey with  IOC president Thomas Bach at the NOC general assembly  in Washington DC last year. Photograph: Larry French/Getty Images

Thomas Bach says ‘it is very clear that the presumption of innocence prevails’

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach has called for Pat Hickey’s release from Brazil. Photo: Getty Images

It’s the first time the International Olympic Committee president has spoken on matter

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Cork All Star footballer Paudie Kissane joins Limerick backroom team

Virgin, who have just over 300,000 mostly urban subscribers, dropped the eir Sport package, which includes BT Sport, at the end of July. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Virgin Media subscribers will be denied access to Allianz League games on eir Sport TV

Rob Heffernan is presented with the 2012 London Olympic Men’s 50km Race Walk bronze medal  at City Hall in Cork Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s not easy to get a proper perspective on one’s career what career is still ongoing

Ciarán Ó Catháin, who resigned from the OCI crisis committee on Wednesday. Photo: Inpho

Olympic council letter blames crisis committee for spiralling expenses in Pat Hickey case

Pat Hickey was arrested in Rio during the Olympics. He has stepped aside from his role as OCI president pending the outcome of that investigation, while also claiming there was “no substantive proof of any wrongdoing on my part”.

Statement claims OCI inquiry would be ‘inappropriate’ and ‘worthless’

Two and a half months after his arrest, Pat Hickey remains in Rio, not under house arrest, but having surrendered his passport under the conditions of his temporary release, he is not permitted to leave Brazil. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Injunction threat forces OCI to shelve Rio tickets inquiry, as third executive quits

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