Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Rory is quality but Sport NI fails to make the cut

Your coverage of Rory McIlroy's success at the US Open was top class. Nor have you forgotten his predecessor Graeme McDowell.

Quite rightly, you have opened your pages to the praise of all readers for both men's wonderful golfing achievements.

Sadly, publicity-hungry mountebanks have jumped on the golf cart, too. None more so than the body charged with developing sport here.

Sport NI has failed to deliver a national football stadium and, even before this, sullied the name of the great Dame Mary Peters by leaving the track bearing her name as a six-lane training track, rather than upgrading it to competition standard with eight lanes.

It was significant to read how many sacrifices Rory's father and mother made to help him develop.

Where was Sport NI's assistance for young golfers? Nowhere.

Its leadership has done nothing to promote the province for training ahead of the London Olympics next summer - unlike enterprise minister Arlene Foster, who has worked so successfully for hard-pressed local businesses.

As finance minister Sammy Wilson looks at cuts, would he not consider how much could be saved by ridding the public purse of Sport NI - a failed organisation, caring only about amassing Lottery funding for themselves not Sport for All?

MARY E HARKNESS

Belfast

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