Can't we just buy Sirotkina if she still training here. An Irish passport would be much easier for her travel wise If Pervak, Shvedova, Putinseva and Voskoboeva could switch to KAZ surely we could get Marta, she would also get the high performance funding and unlike some of our below average athletes might deserve it.
Also it would be easier to build Irish tennis with a ready made Top 150 player than to actually try and make one from scratch with such little support for tennis.
A. Getting the Top player
B. Getting the media to give said top player attention, Katie Taylor was winning World Champs year after year and only in 2012 did the Irish media actually give her a justifiable level of attention.
My plan has flaws too At the Olympics Ireland's second most decorated athlete pre-games was Andrzej Jezierski a former Pole. He got virtually ZERO press attention whereas every slow-ass runner was analysed to death I never know what is more embarrassing the track and field team or the swim team.