Stephen Martin has stepped down as the Chief Executive Officer of the Olympic Council of Ireland to pursue other career interests.
Martin will though remain in place as the OCI Chef de Mission for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. He fulfilled that same role in Sochi in 2014 and was Deputy Chef de Mission for the London and Rio Summer Games.
Martin was asked to surrender his passport during the challenges following Pat Hickey’s arrest in Rio last year.
That was a low point in a distinguished eleven-year tenure as CEO of the OCI. He joined in 2006 having previously been Deputy CEO of the British Olympic Council.
As a sportsman he represented Team GB in Hockey winning Olympic Gold in 1988 and Bronze in 1984.
“On behalf of the OCI Board I wish to acknowledge Stephen’s hard work and service to the Irish Olympic movement,”said Olympic Council of Ireland President Sarah Keane as news broke this morning.
“Stephen’s experience and relationships with national and international sporting bodies were of value to the OCI over the past decade.”
“As Stephen leaves to pursue other interests we wish him the very best for the future.”
“I would like to thank OCI staff and the Board members for their support over the past decade,” said Martin in a statement.
“I have enjoyed working in close collaboration with National Federations, Olympic Organising Committees, the EOC, the IOC, our sponsors and the performance sport’s staff to optimise our athletes planning on their Olympic journey.”
“I would particularly like to pay tribute to the athletes for their tremendous contribution to Irish sport. As a former Olympian I recognise the commitment, dedication and sacrifices required. It has been my privilege and honour to work with them and I wish them every success in their sporting careers.”
The OCI will now seek to recruit a new CEO.
Martin Burke will be the interim contact for sports matters and Linda O’Reilly will be the contact for other matters.
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