Olympic Council of Ireland

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The Olympic Council of Ireland or OCI () is the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Ireland. Its mission is "to develop and protect the Olympic Movement in Ireland, in accordance with the International Olympic Committee’s guiding document — the Olympic Charter."


After the First World War, John J. Keane attempted to unite various sports associations under an Irish Olympic Committee. Many sports had rival bodies, one Unionist and affiliated to a United Kingdom parent, the other Republican and opposed to any link with Great Britain. Keane proposed that a separate Irish delegation, marching under the Union Flag, should participate at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp. At the time the Irish War of Independence was under way, and the International Olympic Committee rejected Keane's proposal pending the settlement of the underlying political situation.

The Irish Olympic Council was affiliated to the IOC on 3 June 1922, during the provisional administration that prepared for the formal establishment of the Irish Free State in December 1922. The name was changed to "Olympic Council of Ireland" in the 1950s by its fourth President, Lord Killanin, who was also its second IOC delegate after Keane.<ref...
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