Athletics Ireland Statement on
International Carding Scheme
10 March 2005
Athletics Ireland made strong cases
for all the International Carding Scheme applications which we
received and presented to the Irish Sports Council.
While we welcome the recognition of
some of our emerging and developing athletes, in particular the
increase for David Gillick and Paul Hession, the extent of the
culling of a large number of our leading International athletes has
both disappointed and surprised us.
As a matter of urgency, we will be
seeking an immediate meeting with the ISC to discuss the rationale
behind the decisions made. In particular we are concerned with how
some of the athletes removed from the carding scheme are going to
get back onto the system.
Presently Sonia O’Sullivan and Mark
Carroll have qualified for this summer's World T&F Championships in
Helsinki on A standards while Peter Coghlan, James Nolan, Karen
Shinkins and Tomas Coman have B standards, none of whom are
recipients of any funding from the International Carding Scheme.