Saturday 10 December 2016

'Warmest wish' sent to Pat Hickey from European Olympic conference

Cathal McMahon

Published 21/10/2016 | 14:40

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Picture @samhockeygold

A picture of Pat Hickey with a message of support was broadcast on a large screen at a major European Olympic Committee meeting.

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The official Olympic Council of Ireland twitter account and an account linked to CEO Stephen Martin tweeted an image of a big screen at the EOC congress in Belarus.

The message, beside a picture of Mr Hickey, read: "The warmest wish is that.... he can return to his family and Olympic duties as soon as possible."

Mr Hickey (71) temporarily stood down as president of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) and his duties with the EOC following his arrest at the Rio Olympics on August 17.


He and THG director Kevin Mallon are facing charges of ticket-touting, illicit marketing and money-laundering in Brazil.

Both deny all allegations made against them in relation to ticketing at the event.

The 71-year-old previously said in a statement to Independent.ie that he is completely innocent of all charges formally laid against him in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and intends to fight "each and every one of them".

Mr Martin, who was questioned by Brazilian police as part of the same probe, tweeted images from the EOC conference in Minsk. He wrote: "Belarus President EOC Congress and ANOC express support for Patrick Hickey, President of the EOC [Janez Kocijancic]"

Pat Hickey arrives for the court hearing in Rio de Janeiro. The 71-year-old was arrested in August. Photo: Fabio Teixeira
Pat Hickey arrives for the court hearing in Rio de Janeiro. The 71-year-old was arrested in August. Photo: Fabio Teixeira

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