Monday 27 March 2017

Full extent of Pat Hickey's close relationship with THG laid bare

Pat Hickey. Photo: Reuters
Pat Hickey. Photo: Reuters

Matt Sandy

After the arrest of suspected ticket tout Kevin James Mallon in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, the Irish Olympic movement was close to meltdown.

OCI president Patrick Hickey had yet to be arrested but it was clear the police investigation was focusing on how tickets meant for the OCI ended up with Mr Mallon's employer, THG Sports.

The PR implications of the OCI's continued relationship with THG Sports - including its status as its official reseller for the 2018 Winter Games - and millionaire owner Marcus Evans weighed heavily, according to emails released this week by the Civil Police in Rio.

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