Olympic alarm on Irish team bets

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The 2012 London Olympic games have gotten off to an overall positive start, but an allegation of Olympic athlete betting have set a bit of tarnish on the game's image thus far.

The news about potential athlete betting arose over the weekend as Ireland's Olympic Council announced that it was investigating one of its athletes, who allegedly bet on an opponent to win an event in which he was competing during the 2008 Olympics.

The athlete was identified as Irish yachtsman Peter O'Leary, who is reported to have placed a bet before the event in which he was competing. The investigators claim that O'Leary withdrew €3,600 after he returned from the event.

The spokesman for the Irish Olympic Council then went on to say that the issue was now a legal matter and that he cannot comment until the investigation is concluded.

Ireland's Olympic team currently has 60 athletes who are competing in 14 different sports at the London games.