Thursday, February 11, 2010

When Irish Sleighs are Smiling

Yesterday I reported that the International Bobsleigh  and Tobogganing Federation (FIBT) had made a faux pax over their own qualification criteria for the Vancouver Olmypics. The decision of the Court of Arbitration in Sport (Cas) was that Australia should have made the 20 starters for the competition starting on the 23rd, ahead of 20th ranked Ireland.
Well last night the IOC and local organising committee Vanoc have announced that they have accepted the Cas suggestion that the event be expanding to 21 teams to allow the erroneously instructed Irish to still compete as they had been preparing to do. So Aoife Hoey and Claire Bergin will line up with 20 other pairs at the top of the run later this month.
It's been a while since there was a film about the adventure of a Bobsleigh team at the Olympics. Maybe recent events warrant a second one, in keeping with the genre and the heritage of the team involved in the drama I suggest a working title of O'Coole Runnings.
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