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Rio athletes and families invited to share ticket allocation issues for OCI independent review

Cathal McMahon

Published 26/08/2016 | 17:31

Olive Loughnane has claimed she only ever got one ticket in her four Olympic Games
Olive Loughnane has claimed she only ever got one ticket in her four Olympic Games

Athletes and their families have been invited to make submissions to an accountancy firm appointed to conduct an independent review of the Rio ticketing scandal.

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Athletes and their families have been invited to make submissions to an accountancy firm appointed to conduct an independent review of the Rio ticketing scandal.

The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) has announced this evening that it appointed accountancy firm Grant Thornton to conduct this review,

In a statement, released to the media, the OCI confirmed that the results of this review will be given to Judge Carroll Moran to consider as part of his State inquiry deliberations into the issue.

According to the terms of reference the Grant Thornton Forensic Services team will review the "policies, procedures, processes and practices" adopted by the OCI surrounding ticketing for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The team will also examine all accreditations allocated by the committee and the implementation of policies and procedures surrounding the event.

The statement confirms that it will examine the procurement process that saw the OCI first opt for THG as its Authorised Ticket Reseller (ATR) and second Pro10. It will examine the way that the tickets were distributed including any resale as part of hospitality packages.

The statement goes on to the say that the reviewers will closely examine all details surrounding Pro10's appointment as ATR for Rio 2016.

As part of the Grant Thornton review, submissions will be invited from athletes and their families on their experience of ticketing allocation and availability arrangements for Rio 2016.

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