Thursday 29 September 2016

'I would hope that they have sorted out legal counsel for him' - IOC say arrest is matter for the Irish

Published 18/08/2016 | 02:30

The International Olympic Committee has distanced itself from the ticket tout scandal, saying it is an issue for Ireland (Stock picture)
The International Olympic Committee has distanced itself from the ticket tout scandal, saying it is an issue for Ireland (Stock picture)

The International Olympic Committee has distanced itself from the ticket tout scandal, saying it is an issue for Ireland.

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IOC communications director Mark Adams told a press conference yesterday the body wanted to "make clear" the controversy is the result of "allegations around the Irish national Olympic committee of which Pat Hickey is the president".

When asked if the IOC would be providing legal representation for Mr Hickey, Mr Adams again insisted it was a matter for the OCI.

"I presume and I would hope that they have sorted out legal counsel for him, but it's very much at this stage something for the Irish national Olympic committee," he said.

Mr Adams also said that there will be no emergency meeting of the IOC's executive committee despite Mr Hickey being a member of the committee.

"We follow the system of justice here and that's how things are done in Brazil. He's innocent until proven guilty," Mr Adams said.

He added that the IOC had no prior knowledge that Mr Hickey would be arrested, saying: "I don't think anyone from our team knew that the police were coming this morning."

Mr Adams said the IOC would fully co-operate with any police investigation. Mário Andrada, communications executive director of the IOC, said the organisation has been working with police to counteract ticket touts.

"The goal here is to produce a system whereby no illegal actions are taken," he said.

Irish Independent

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