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International Olympic Committee changes UK borders

I have spent another morning transfixed by the Olympics and the cyclists in particular.

I watched “Irishman” Paddy Barnes win his quarter-final of the men’s light flyweight boxing in good style, in the process guaranteeing himself a bronze medal, but I could not understand why a Belfast man was fighting for Ireland. All was explained by this posting on the Cranmer blog. I don’t agree with some of his points (Scottish cyclist Chris Hoy’s three golds make a mockery of his penultimate paragraph) but I hadn’t realised that our Sinn Féin appeasing Labour government has conspired with the IOC to allow Ireland to annex Northern Ireland, at least on the sports field.

Who voted for that?

4 replies on “International Olympic Committee changes UK borders”

You obviously hadn’t noticed that Wendy Houvenaghel, silver medallist in the women’s individual pursuit, Alan Campbell, 4th in the single sculls, and Richard Chambers, part of the lightweight coxless 4 that came 5th, all come from Northern Ireland, and have been very succesful as part of team GB. Athletes have the choice which of the two countries they compete for, and quite a few choose Team GB. And have a fair amount of success, too. I don’t think it’s a recent decision – as far as I’m aware Northern Irish athletes have always had that choice, so that’s nothing to do with the current government.

And this article – http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics_2004/olympics_2012/3433557.stm from 2004 shows that we actually had a row with the IOC to change it so that Northern Ireland was officially included as part of GB. So complain all you will about the IOC, but it’s hardly the current government’s fault. And it’s now stopping the Northern Irish for competing rather succesfully for us, either.

Oh Phil, you do make yourself look such an arse with posts like this. The agreement between the British and Irish Olympic Committees which allows competitors from Northern Ireland to chose whether to represent Ireland or Great Britain dates back to the 1920s.

It’s connected to the fact that we are Great Britain at the Olympics, because at the 1908 games the team was called ‘Great Britain and Ireland’.

His Grace also takes issue with your statement that Chris Hoy’s spectacular achievement ‘makes a mockery’ of his penultimate paragaph. It does no such thing.

The point is that Hoy’s victory is presented in Scotland as a triumph for Scotland (which it undoubtedly is), while those of English athletes are presented as victories for Britain and the British.

Oh, and Gordon Brown has previously said he wants to see a UK football team play at the London Olympics – hardly the type of response you’d expect from someone who is happy to hand Northern Ireland at the Olympics over to the Irish.

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