Friday 21 October 2016

OCI appoints finance firm Deloitte to examine governance arrangements

Cathal McMahon

Published 09/09/2016 | 19:41

Rio Olympics tickets seized by Rio Police Photo: Getty
Rio Olympics tickets seized by Rio Police Photo: Getty

The Olympic Council of Ireland has appointed Deloitte to conduct an independent review of its governance arrangements.

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A three-person crisis management sub-committee was appointed in the wake of the Rio ticketing scandal to lead the council's response to the controversy.

In a statement, released this evening, that sub-committee confirmed it has now chosen Deloitte to review the manner in which the OCI is governed under its current constitution.

The review will look at comparative sports bodies and National Olympic Committees "with a view to making recommendations on changes that might be made to the OCI Memorandum and Articles of Association/Constitution".

Deloitte will engage with members of the OCI Executive Committee and OCI Member Federations, Sport Ireland, the European Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee as part of its review.

The finance and accounting firm will prepare a draft report of the findings to include recommendations on governance principles that may lead to changes to the OCI Memorandum and Articles of Association/Constitution and any other relevant matters.

It is anticipated that the initial exercise will be conducted within a month and the report will then be shared with the OCI Executive Committee.

It is expected that all agreed changes to the OCI Constitution will then be put to an OCI EGM soon after.

Former OCI President Pat Hickey is currently being investigated by police in Rio de Janeiro over his alleged involvement in ticket touting at the Olympics.

Meanwhile the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it has not received any request from Brazilian police for information concerning an investigation into a ticket-scalping scheme during the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

On Thursday, police in Rio said they wanted IOC president Thomas Bach to explain why the OCI received 296 more tickets after exchanges between Mr Bach and high-ranking IOC member Patrick Hickey, who is facing charges in Brazil for ticket scalping, conspiracy, and ambush marketing in a case that emerged during the Games.

The IOC said: "Neither the IOC nor the IOC President have been contacted by any Brazilian authority concerning a request for information."

The IOC said it would not comment further because it is "an ongoing legal procedure."

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