News 8th November 2016

More Irish Olympic confusion as Hickey threatens legal action over ticketing inquiry

The inquiry by the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) into the Rio 2016 ticketing scandal has been halted by the threat of legal action by Patrick Hickey, its own President. Hickey is currently under effective house arrest in Brazil on charges brought against him during the Games in August including ticket-touting, theft, tax evasion, money-laundering and criminal association.

He has stepped aside from the OCI role, from the Presidency of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) and from his membership of the executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). However this has not prevented Hickey, who denies any wrongdoing, from remaining involved in the fall-out from events which prompted his taking a formal step back from his sports governance roles.

The OCI’s executive committee commissioned a report into the ticketing scandal from Grant Thornton a week after Hickey’s arrests. However this is now in ice after a statement from the OCI has said that Hickey had ‘threatened to make an application to the High Court for an injunction preventing the completion of the review’.

Three senior members of the OCI have resigned in the past fortnight. John Delaney, an OCI vice-president and ceo of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), was the first, followed by honorary treasurer Kevin Kilty and now Ciarán Ó Catháin, a former president of Athletics Ireland. Ó Catháin had been a member part of the OCI’s three-person crisis management sub-committee set up to instigate inquiries into the Olympic ticketing arrangements.

• This article was originally published on Keir Radnedge’s internet site on 3 November 2016. You can access the original by clicking here.

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