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Ireland’s Athletes to Fly Qatar to Tokyo Olympics

2nd March 2020 - 1:20pm

Anna O’Flanagan (Hockey) & Darragh Greene (Swimmer)

Anna O’Flanagan (Hockey) & Darragh Greene (Swimmer)

The Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI) will fly athletes in business class to the Olympic Games in Tokyo with Qatar Airways. Qatar Airways has a 5-star rating from Skytrax, which also awarded the airline World’s Best Business Class.


With less than five months left until the Opening Ceremony in Tokyo, the composition of Team Ireland is starting to take real shape. Athletes will benefit from full lie flat beds and catering to suit their nutritional routine. The mood lighting in the cabin will help adjust athletes’ body clocks to the Tokyo time zone and the cabin is pressurised to a lower altitude, which equates to more oxygen and less travel fatigue.


Sarah Keane (President of the OFI) said, “When we set out our strategic plan in 2017, we outlined the athlete first approach that would be at the heart of everything we do. I’m delighted that we will be giving our athletes every opportunity to arrive in Tokyo rested and ready for what will be the most important competition of their lives. This is their time, and we are proud to support them with business class travel”.


Peter Sherrard  (OFI CEO) said, “For the first time, we are able to provide business class travel for our athletes, and the upgrade is thanks to the support of our sponsors, FBD and partners Indeed and Circle K. Our shared goal is to do everything in our power to enhance the performances of our athletes”.

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Anna O’Flanagan (Hockey) & Darragh Greene (Swimmer)

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