Dr Philip Doyle has a dream of winning an Olympic medal for Ireland next year on the rowing lake outside Tokyo. A dream that he is chasing while fulfilling his other lifetime ambition - that of being a doctor.
It's the sports writers' equivalent of pushing your trolley forlornly down the bog roll aisle. What is wrong with these people? Well, if they're going to go out, at least they're going out with squeaky-clean bums and bellies full of Super Noodles.
Everything was perfectly in tune, the three-week countdown to peak with Omega-timing precision was smoothly ticking as Danielle Hill zoned in on Olympic qualification at the Irish Championships. Then came the call, the dreaded message that mission Tokyo was on hold.
In sharp contrast to the rest of the shutdown sporting world, the International Olympic Committee remain "fully committed" to delivering the Tokyo Games this summer and have pledged support to athletes whose qualification chances have been left uncertain by the postponement or cancellation of competitions due to the coronavirus.
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