Andy Halliday to miss Rio Olympics following Stockwell Underground shooting
PUBLISHED: 14:09 19 June 2016
Andy Halliday, team manager of Great Britain Men’s Hockey, will not be going to the Olympics after his involvement in the Stockwell tube shooting.
Halliday, who is also head coach of the men’s team at St Albans Hockey Club, was a specialist firearms officer in the Metropolitan Police at the time of the shooting in 2005, which left Brazilian national Jean Charles de Menezes dead.
It has been stressed that he played a “peripheral” role in the operation but due to the “sensitivities of this matter in relation to Team GB competing in the Rio games”, the British Olympic Association and Great Britain Hockey have agreed with Halliday that he would not travel.
He has continued in his role as Team Manager and will be working with the rest of the management team to help prepare the athletes for the event.
Halliday said: “Whilst I am obviously disappointed not to be going to the Olympic Games, I have known of this decision since last November and respect the process that has been followed and the decision itself.
“The performance interests of the team continue to be of paramount importance and I am focussed purely on helping the team prepare for Rio 2016.”
Sally Munday, Great Britain Hockey’s chief operating officer, said: “I would like to place on record our thanks to Andy for the dignity and professionalism which he has shown throughout this process.
“Andy is a highly valued member of our team, although he won’t be travelling to the Olympics with the team, he will continue to play a very valuable role in their preparations”
The statement on greatbritainhockey.co.uk finished: “There will be no further comment on this.”