In a sensational new twist to the Conor Mortimer saga, the former Mayo forward could soon be lining out for his country at Olympic handball.
Mortimer has been offered a chance to earn a place on the Irish Olympic Handball team for the European Championship qualifiers as part of a talent transfer programme launched by the Irish Olympic Handball Association (IOHA).
Lúcás Ó Ceallacháin general manager of the IOHA told the Irish Examiner that they had been in contact with the 30 year old in the wake of his decision to quit the Mayo panel just days before the Connacht final.
“What we actually launched this week is a talent transfer programme where we hope to attract athletes from other sports. Conor plays Gaelic football so he’d be a guy we would be interested in, but there are plenty of athletes from rugby to Gaelic games to basketball that could make the crossover.”
The IOHA is trying to raise the standard of Olympic Handball in the country and has launched this initiative. As part of the talent transfer programme two places in the 16 man squad for the upcoming qualifiers against Belgium and Estonia have been reserved for recruits from other sports. Players interested in taking up the challenge will have to fight it out for the two spots.
The four game home and away qualifying campaign gets underway at the end of October.