The influential British website “InsideTheGames.Biz” today reports that Patrick Hickey, the President of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI), has been chosen to meet the Queen during her historic trip to Dublin.
Hickey, the President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), is due to travel back from I.O.C HQ to attend a dinner tonight as a guest of the British Ambassador, Julian King.
At tonight’s British Embassy dinner, Hickey will present several Irish athletes, who hope to compete at London 2012, to the Queen.
Those with invitations are understood to include Derval O’Rourke, the former world indoor 60 metres hurdles champion, and Katie Taylor, the three time world amateur boxing champion, and one of the country’s biggest hopes for an Olympic medal next year.
Only last March of course Katie was a special guest at a White house dinner with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, herself a useful boxer. So tonight the Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms meets Ireland’s Queen of the Ring.
InsideTheGames.biz reveals that Hickey, who last month hailed British Prime Minister David Cameron for his efforts in improving relations between the two countries, has been closely following the Queen’s trip while he has been in Lausanne attending the technical presentations of the three cities bidding for the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
“Everyone wants to move on,” Hickey told insidethegames.
“The past is the past and there is great goodwill in the whole of Ireland for the Queen’s visit.
“Her visit to the Garden of Remembrance [a monument to all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom] was really poignant.”
Dublin still has to be officially confirmed on the schedule, which was announced yesterday , but is due to visit there possibly on June7, 2012, though it is believed that June 5, is another date under consideration
“InsideTheGames.biz” believes that the inclusion on Ireland on the programme will be officially announced after the IOC’s ruling Executive Board gives its approval at its meeting in Durban on July 3-4.
“After the Queen’s visit it will be no problem,” it quotes Hickey as saying.
“It will be the icing on the cake after the Queen’s visit.”
Meantime, Irish sports lovers, especially boxing fans, have an opportunity of obtaining a specially autographed set of Katie Taylor’s Adidas boxing gloves in aid of Trocaire, the Irish Charity for whom Katie is a “give it up for Trocaire Ambassador”. Bids of Euros 400 upwards are anticipated and for the lucky ‘’winner’’ think of their value if Katie should win that Olympic Gold in 2012 !
More details here including a photo of the specially autographed gloves.: