Saying nice things about the GAA, part . . . I

[Regarding a sports eligibility to be in the Olympics] No guidelines on the name of the governing body are given, but a brief survey of those sports that are recognised suggests that, if it is long and in French, then you stand a far better chance of catching the eye.

And why not? After all Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques has a certain je ne sais quoi that “World Underwater Federation” lacks. If the Gaelic Athletic Association is really serious about catching the eye of the men and women from Lausanne, then there is no doubt a swift change of name to Fédération Internationale des Lancer et des Football Gaelique will advance the case far faster than simply having a couple of long-established and thrillingly exciting games to offer the world.

Harry Pearson, colour sports writer for the Guardian.

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