“OCI accepts that these contracts were enforceable as between the parties and that THG fully intended performing its contractual obligations,” said the OCI statement.

The cost of undoing the controversial deal with ticket reselling company not revealed

Guest speaker and former professional boxer Frank Bruno on stage at Croke Park in Dublin. Photograph:   Patrick Bolger/Getty Images for One Zero

Paul Merson, Hope Solo and AP McCoy among the contributors at One-Zero event

Barry Daly scores Leinster’s fourth try in the  Champions Cup victory over Montpellier at the RDS.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Winger’s try count mounts as he grasps his Leinster opportunity with both hands

Girvan Dempsey: “What was massive for us is how the guys stepped up, particularly the young guys coming in.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leinster in positive mood after young guns’ impressive display against Montpellier

USA boxing coach Billy Walsh at Sport Ireland HPX conference in Dublin.  Photograph: Diarmuid Greene

Billy Walsh lends advice to John Joe Nevin while Joe Schmidt disappoints at HPX event

Connacht’s John Cooney celebrates his try with Kieran Marmion last year. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Irish question is an intriguing back story to Pro14 clash between Connacht and Ulster

Conor Harte: (right)  in action for Racing Club de Bruxelles earlier this season. Photograph:  Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Ireland defender Conor Harte has captained the Belgian side this season

Marcell Coetzee’s time at Ulster so far has been constantly disrupted by injury. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster flanker has had various knee joint problems both before and since joining

Greystones golfer Paul Dunne  is congratulated by Shane Lowry on the final  day of the British Masters.  Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Greystones golfer puts on a majestic show of courage and poise to see off Rory McIlroy

Nick Winkelman, the IRFU’s head of athletic performance and science: “Everyone has a ceiling in terms of what their capabilities are.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

IRFU head of athletic performance says decision making and physicality are ‘trainable’

 Andrew Trimble during training ahead of Ulster’s clash with Zebre. Player will captain the province for his record-matching 221st appearance. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Unbeaten province have 10 international players returning for clash against Zebre

Ireland’s Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll celebrate winning gold at the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida. Photo: Detlev Seyb/Inpho

The three Skibbereen men lit up Sarasota in Florida to take home gold medals for Ireland

Connacht players during training ahead of their clash with Scarlets. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Province’s late collapse to Cardiff Blues last week yielded third defeat under new coach

Jonathan Bell of Ireland in action in Stormont.  File photograph: INPHO/Presseye/Rowland White

The first matches will finally be played in the national league after weeks-long standoff

Jonathan Sexton will start for Leinster on Friday at the RDS. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

He’s just nine points short of becoming the all-time highest Leinster points’ scorer

IRFU director of rugby  David Nucifora said the IRFU is  delighted to have got Joe Schmidt following intense pressure from New Zealand. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland coach resisted enormous pressure to take up All Blacks job before signing contract

Leo Cullen: “Neither of those players [Jamison Gibson-Park and Isa Nacewa] were in the starting XV so in terms of disruptions to the group it is pretty minimal.” Photograph: Mike Sheehan/Inpho

Return of several big names adds international freight to Leo Cullen’s side

Alex Wootton scored four tries in Munster’s last Pro14 outing against  Benetton Treviso. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Home side are slowly returning to strength but Bleyendaal’s inclusion will boost visitors

Bob Geldof: lending his voice to support Ireland’s bid to host 2023 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Actor Liam Neeson also supporting to Irish presentation before World Rugby officials

The Leinster squad during a training session this week in UCD, Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leo Cullen names team for Saturday, with New Zealanders to return next week

Nick McCarthy: Former Ireland Under-20 captain flying out to South Africa to join the Leinster squad. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Nick McCarthy South Africa-bound after Isa Nacewa and Jamison Gibson-Park visa mix-up

Hockey Ireland chief executive officer Jerome Pels. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

Disagreement over payment of expenses leads to postponement of opening weekend matches

Jamie Heaslip during training last month: the Leinster number 8 has been ruled out for the games against the Kings and Cheetahs. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Forwards coach calls for big contribution from players travelling to South Africa

James Tracy gets up to speed during a Leinster training session at UCD. He broke into the Irish squad last year and was part of the Six Nations. Photograph: inpho

The Leinster hooker is ‘pumped’ for the Pro 14 journey to the Southern Hemisphere

Rob Kearney has been ruled out of Leinster’s two-match trip to South Africa. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland duo both ruled out of Pro 14 fixtures against the Cheetahs and Southern Kings

 Alberto Contador celebrates as he crosses the finish line. He earns his right to bow out on the summit with the gods.  Photograph: Jose Jordan/AFP/Getty Images

TV View: Terrifying L’Angliru climb and descent almost make the Irish man emotional

 Ian Keatley steps in for Tyler Bleyendaal in the only change from the opening win against Benetton. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ian Keatley returns at outhalf along with an experienced bench for the home side

Katie Taylor will fight in Cardiff at the end of October. Photograph: Inpho

Taylor’s promoter hoping to announce an opponent for world title shot next week

Leinster’s Jordan Larmour makes his home game debut Friday night against Cardiff. Photograph: Ashley Crowden/Inpho

Leo Cullen will pick his squad to face Southern Kings and Cheetahs on Monday

Joe Ward  after he received his silver medal following his AIBA World Boxing Championships final clash with Julio La Cruz. Photograph: Thomas Balke/Inpho/Pixathlon

Irish man says he’s had a ‘magnificent year’ despite losing to Julio La Cruz in Hamburg

Joe Ward leaves Hamburg with a silver medal. Photograph: Inpho

Cuba’s Julio César La Cruz seals a fourth world title after unanimous decision

Joe Ward in action in his World Chanpionships quarter-final - the Irish southpaw is through to Saturday’s 81kg final after a semi-final win over Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev. Photograph: Inpho/AIBA

Split decision win over Melikuziev sets up Julio César La Cruz showdown

Former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Analysis: Irish Olympic council could only take one route on the IOC ethics inquiry

Iain Henderson missed out on a Lions Test place but enjoyed an impressive tour. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland secondrow missed out on Test place but his Lions experience was a positive one

Ireland’s Joe Ward (red) in action during his quarter-final victory over Mikhail Dauhaliavets in   the World Light Heavyweight quarter-final victory in Hamburg. Photograph: Aiba/Inpho

Moate southpaw up against Uzbek fighter a Rio Olympics finalist at middleweight

Pat Hickey:  Mr Justice Moran outlined how Mr Hickey  governed the OCI since his election as president in 1989, and was highly critical of the way athletes and fans were treated regarding ticket allocations at  Rio last summer

International Olympic Committee ethics body seeks information about ex-Irish chief

Cheetahs captain Niell Jordaan and CJ Velleman of the Southern Kings at the Pro14 launch last week. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Getty Images

Niell Jordaan: ‘As soon as the opportunity came up to play Pro14 it all settled down’

 Leinster head coach Leo Cullen with Dragons head coach Bernard Jackman at the Guinness PRO14 season launch at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin earlier this month. Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty

The former Leinster player believes his side are in position similar to Connacht

Former OCI president Pat Hickey. on Tuesday the Oireachtas committee on sport agreed that a formal inquiry should be launched into Mr Hickey’s deal with ticket reseller THG. Photograph: Humberto Ohana/AFP/Getty Images

Board to agree to forward copy of report into ticketing scandal to IOC ethics body

Joe Ward goes into Friday’s semi-final with a bronze medal already secured. Photograph: Inpho

Moate southpaw, who is only remaining Irish interest, won with his second 5-0 decision

 Conor McGregor polarises and is clever enough to know that if you do that you will always get around a solid half supporting you. Importantly you will sell. Photograph: John Locher/AP (

Popular attention and how much cash you can generate begets a claim to legitimacy

 Christian Lealiifano at the Kingspan Stadium: “I’m humbled that a team still values what I can produce and what I can do.” Photograph: Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

Christian Lealiifano is set to bear a heavy load in absence of Jackson and Olding

 Rassie Erasmus: “Apart from the traditions of the game, I really think the game off the field is almost like any other career.” Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Coach adamant Munster’s squad is now stronger than the one he inherited last year

Munster’s Rassie Erasmus (second left) and Leinster’s Leo Cullen (third left) with their fellow coaches at the launch of the 2016/17 Guinness PRO14 season at the  Aviva Stadium in  Dublin.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leo Cullen says Lions contingent unlikely to be available for Southern Hemisphere trip

Sport Ireland chairman Kieran Mulvey, former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland Pat Hickey and its current president Sarah Keane. Photographs: Collins/The Irish Times

Former OCI president struck fear in politicians who in turn sought to avoid conflict

Ireland’s Hannah Tyrrell is comforted by friends after the defeat to France in the Women’s World Cup at the UCD Bowl. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Captain Claire Molloy: ‘They were just able to run around us in the first half too easily’

Pat Hickey, former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland:  his arrangement with the THG/Pro10 ticket resale companies has impacted on Irish athletes looking towards the Tokyo games in 2020. Photograph: Alan Betson

Shane Ross says OCI run like a ‘fiefdom’ and ticketing issue will direcly affect funding

Ireland players Jack Conan, Joey Carbery and Rhys Ruddock. Canterbury, official kit supplier to the Ireland Rugby team, has unveiled the new Ireland Rugby jersey for the 2017/18 season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster man hoping to vie with mentor Jamie Heaslip for the Ireland No 8 jersey

For the umpteenth time, OCI president Sarah Keane has stepped forward to answer questions about her predecessor.  Photograph:  Tom Honan

What we found, through no fault of Judge Moran, were things we knew in the 1990s

Ireland’s Alison Miller celebrates scoring her side’s first try against Japan at the UCD Bowl. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Supporters put through the wringer again before hard-earned victory is eked out

England’s  Emily Scarratt  is tackled during the clash against Spain who proved no match for the world champions. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

RFU’s decision to end funding of reigning World Cup holders rankles with players

 Magali Harvey: Canada’s flying winger  scoring one of her five tries against Hong Kong. Photograph: Oiin Keniry/Inpho

Former runners-up Canada should prove too strong for Wales in their clash

Ireland’s Claire Molloy and Australia’s Katrina Barker (left) and Liz Patu during the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup Pool C match at the UCD Bowl, Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Players would prefer longer recovery time enjoyed by men’s game, but ‘it is what it is’

Paula Fitzpatrick celebrates Ireland’s opening World Cup win over Australia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

3,500 fill the UCD Bowl to see tournament hosts battle their way to Australia win

Australia captain Shannon Parry.  Photograph: ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Shannon Perry leads Australia’s best prepared team ever as it bids for top four slot

 IRFU plaque. ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Move follows testing of schoolboy players in New Zealand

Ireland captain Claire Molloy: “We don’t need to worry about how much. It just has to be a win.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland’s new captain clearly focused on the need for an opening win over Australia

The Women’s Rugby World Cup: tournament will see an unprecedented amount of anti-doping testing. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This year’s competition will be the most-tested of any to date

Katie Taylor during the weigh-in for her fight in Brooklyn, New York, against Jasmine Clarkson. Photograph: INPHO/Emily Harney

Irish fighter could make undercard of possible Joshua- Klitschko rematch in November

Katie Taylor with Jasmine Clarkson during Saturday’s fight in Brooklyn. Photograph: Emily Harney/INPHO

Latest win shows word has got around that Irish boxer is toxic to a lightweight career

Sinead Lohan during her match against Jodie Burrage in the women’s singles final at the AIG Irish Open Tennis Championships at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club, Ranelagh. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Sinead Lohan makes it to final but loses out to Britain’s Jodie Burrage at Fitzwilliam

Katie Taylor stopped Jasmine Clarkson in the third round in New York. Photograph: Getty

Taylor justifies 1-200 odds as she stops Jasmine Clarkson in the third in New York

 Ireland’s Sinéad Lohan plays a forehand during her final with  Jodie Burrage of England at the AIG Irish Open  at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in  Ranelagh, Dublin. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Irish player loses in straight sets to England’s Jody Burrage at Fitzwilliam

 Lemsip Max Cold and Flu Powder, which can be bought over the counter, was  the most commonly searched product by Irish athletes in 2016. Photograph: Alan Weller/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Lemsip and Nurofen the top most researched products of a long list of 3,510 items

Katie Taylor: having trouble lining up quality opponents as she plots a route towards a world title tilt.

Irish boxer will add another fight to her schedule after Jasmine Clarkson bout

Simon Carr in action during his victory over Hugo Grenier in the  Irish Open  at  Fitzwilliam. Carr has qualified for the main draw of the US Junior Open. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Prizemoney and ATP points on offer at Futures event mean a lot to Irish professionals

Kerry’s Brendan O’Sullivan. John Treacy said his  case highlighted the inadequacy of the anti-doping code

Council ‘open for business’ if GAA is willing to contribute to user-pays test system

Katie Taylor will fight Jasmine Clarkson at the Barclays Centre in New York on Saturday night. Photo: Inpho

The Bray southpaw will take on Jasmine Clarkson in her US debut on Saturday night

Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston during the third round of the British Open at Royal Birkdale. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Satellite broadcaster again throws its box of tricks at golf’s oldest Major

Kieran Marmion:   “The derbies are probably the most anticipated games of the year for the players and for the fans”. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Altitude a challenge for Connacht scrumhalf as Cheetahs and Southern Kings join up

Roger Federer lifts his eighth Wimbledon title. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty

Wimbledon winner’s decision to take a break has resulted in two more Grand Slams

 Switzerland’s Roger Federer poses with the trophy as he celebrates winning the final against Croatia’s Marin Cilic. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/Reuters

A 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 victory over struggling Cilic earns Swiss great his eighth Wimbledon title

Roger Federer with the Wimbledon trophy. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Swiss moves to 19 Grand Slam titles after straight-set demolition of injured Marin Cilic

 Garbine Muguruza of Spain celebrates with her trophy after defeating  Venus Williams  7-5 6-0 to win the women’s singles title at Wimbledon. Photograph: Gerry Penny/EPA

Muguruza seals her second Grand Slam success with 6-0 whitewash in second set

Spain’s Garbine Muguruza after beating Venus Williams to claim her first Wimbledon title. Photo: Gerry Penny/EPA

The 23-year-old defeated 37-year-old Venus WIlliams in straight sets for second major win

Venus Williams  celebrates her win over Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in  their quarter-final match at  Wimbledon. Photograph: EPA/Nic Bothma

Tennis star has found a form of control to make Wimbledon decisions without emotion

Dave Miley’s  complaint against Tennis Ireland in relation to their CEO selection process  was upheld by the WRC. It found the governing body had discriminated against him.  Photograph: Rod Leon

Governing body rejects claim it discriminated against Dave Miley in appointment process

Roger Federer celebrates after winning against Tomas Berdych during their men’s singles semi-final at Wimbledon. Photo: Gareth Fuller/Getty Images

Swiss beat Thomas Berdych in straight sets to reach a record 11th Wimbledon final

Venus Williams celebrates after beating Johanna Konta in their women’s singles semi-final at Wimbledon. Photo: Glyn Kirk/Getty Images

The American dispatched Johanna Konta while Muguruza thrashed Rybarikova

 Roger Federer celebrates his quarter-final victory over  Milos Raonic at Wimbledon. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

Swiss’s preparation for Wimbledon in stark contrast to that of his biggest rivals

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates match point and victory after his men’s singles quarterfinal match against Milos Raonic on day nine of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

It was a rollercoaster day in SW19 where Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic exited

The Olympic Rings in Dublin? Now that’s fanciful. Photo: Inpho

Despite what Shane Ross says, the idea of an Irish Olympics is just feel-good fake news

 Venus Williams returns against Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko during their women’s singles quarter-final. Photograph: Getty Images

Five-time Wimbledon champion will meet Johanna Konta in Thursday’s semi-finals

 Johanna Konta of Britain celebrates winning the second set against Simona Halep of Romania during their quarter-final match at Wimbledon. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

British woman pips Simona Halep to secure a semi-final date against Venus Williams

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his fourth round match against France’s Adrian Mannarino. Photograph: Reuters

Djokovic shrugs off a shoulder complaint to beat Adrian Mannarino in straight sets

Gilles Muller reacts after beating Rafael Nadal on day seven of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA

The 34-year-old veteran kept his nerve after almost five hours to defeat the Spaniard

Johanna Konta waves after winning her fourth round match in the women’s singles at Wimbledon. Photo: Reuters

The 26-year-old became first British woman to make it into the quarters since 1984

In all there are eight men’s and eight women’s matches played at Wimbledon on Monday.

Murray, Djokovic, Federer, Nadal, Williams, Kerber, Konta and Muguruza will be on court on moving day

Tennis Ireland has been fined €6,500 by the Workplace Relations Committee (WRC). Photo: Inpho

Dave Miley’s grievance centred on the process of Richard Fahey’s selection for the job

Katie Taylor: “Hopefully I’ll get the chance to get a few more rounds under my belt at The Barclays Center and showcase my ability to a new audience.”

Taylor will fight in the United States for the first time as a professional later this month

WRC find that Tennis Ireland discriminated on the grounds of age

Malakai Fekitoa scores in Dublin as the All Blacks bounced back from their defeat to Ireland with a 21-9 victory. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Beating the All Blacks once is hard enough but repeating the trick an even sterner task

IABA high performance director Bernard Dunne. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sport Ireland satisfied that deadlines met on implementation of a modern rule book

Shane Lowry: “There’s going to be carnage this week for myself and the other Irish guys.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

New rules to modernise game mean phones and photography to be encouraged

Munster head coach  Rassie Erasmus will leave the province in January to take up the of position rugby director  with the Springboks. Photograph:   David Rogers/Getty Images

New coach will have to understand tight restrictions and fit in with Schmidt philosophy

 Fitzwilliam Tennis Club will host the AIG Irish Open in July. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Event returns to calendar in Ireland for first time in 27 years

Irish light-heavyweight Joe Ward claimed a third European gold in Ukraine. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

IABA deadline to honour Sport Ireland Rio Review comes on Friday

The New Zealand team, sporting white jerseys, that  played the British & Irish Lions in  1930. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Michael Dunne, a special friendship, and the six-month long Lions tour of 1930

James McGee of Ireland: will next face 19-year-old Andrey Rublev, who is ranked 92 in the world. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dubliner beats Rubin Hildalgo and is now two wins from main Wimbledon draw

Joe Ward: chalked up a third European Championship gold medal by defating the Russian champion in the final in the Ukraine. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Westmeath man the first Irishman to win three European Championship gold medals

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