Thursday 8 December 2016

No answers from Hickey on Olympic 'tout' scandal

Published 12/08/2016 | 02:30

OCI president Pat Hickey. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
OCI president Pat Hickey. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Olympic chief Pat Hickey has not explained how Irish tickets for the Rio games ended up in the hands of an unauthorised ticket handler.

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The Olympic Council of Ireland president insists his organisation did not act improperly following allegations of ticket touting at the Games in Rio.

Mr Hickey referred questions about the tickets to the OCI's authorised ticket reseller Pro10.

The company at the centre of the controversy, THG Sports, claimed there was no ­evidence to support the allegations of ticket touting against its director Kevin Mallon.

But the affair will now be probed by a Dáil committee. The Oireachtas Sport Committee says it will review Ireland's participation in Rio.

Irish Independent

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