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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Olympic hero hits out at Keano launch

Paralympian Mark Rohan has hit out at Irish soccer assistant manager Roy Keane for releasing his tell-all book this week and overshadowing his team's Euro qualifiers.

"He could have let it go until next week really," Rohan told the Herald.

"If you're an Irish international soccer player you don't get any coverage. The press time is basically gone, especially with Gibraltar being the first game," he said.

Ireland are set to take on Gibraltar at the Aviva stadium in Dublin on Saturday in the first of the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Rohan is currently training with Rio 2016 firmly at the forefront of his mind.

He's not only hoping to qualify but ultimately build on his glory of winning two gold medals in London in 2012.

"I'm working towards qualifying this year and next year and it'll be touch and go yeah," he admitted.

"Even if you qualify it comes down to Paralympic Ireland or Cycling Ireland to put you forward, so no one is guaranteed anything.

"The level has gone up big time, even within the Irish squad now...They're only sending you away if you're going to [win a] medal really," he added.

Rohan was speaking at the launch of this year's Sky Living for Sports scheme 2015.

He is an athlete mentor for the scheme which uses sport stars and the skills learned through sport to help young people build confidence and develop life skills.

"I was really impressed by this scheme because when I was in school, we never had athletes visiting us," he said.

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