An Offaly Man Has Been Selected As An Official Adjudicator For The 2020 Olympic Games

Written 6 months ago by Angel Croitor


John Cronin, Deputy President of Athletics Ireland, is going to live out his dreams next year at the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

He has been selected as an official adjudicator and says that from early on, as young as 13 or 14 years old, he was competing in sports ever since. He has been a great lover of athletics both as an athlete and as a follower.

“My very first seeing of the Olympic Games would’ve been 1976 – in a different capacity I would’ve hoped to be an athlete at a future Olympic Games.”

In 2005, John was nominated by Athletics Ireland to attend the European Athletics Technical Official’s Course in Germany. At the end of the course, John says, they took a severe exam that was both written and oral and he was lucky enough to make the European Athletics Panel – serving four years up until 2009 where he repeated the exam and retained his place.

Along the way, he has gained great experience by being given various appointments, European championships, one day events and so on that gave him the experience to move on to the third set of European Athletics Exam to eventually attend the World Exams in London where he would successfully continue to hold his place.

In 2017, John sat the World Exams again in London and he made it to the panel once again. This was to become the basis for who would be chosen for the adjudicator roles for World Championships and Olympic Games.

You can hear the full interview up above.