Friday 9 December 2016

Ticket probe a marathon and not a sprint for beleaguered OCI chiefs

Ten days after allegations of ticket touting were levelled, OCI bosses are still stuck in Brazil, writes Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Published 28/08/2016 | 02:30

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Kevin Kilty, OCI chef de mission, and Stephen Martin, OCI chief executive leave a police station in Rio
after they were questioned by officers. Pic Steve Humphreys
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Kevin Kilty, OCI chef de mission, and Stephen Martin, OCI chief executive leave a police station in Rio after they were questioned by officers. Pic Steve Humphreys

The rather grand entrance to the four-star Windsor Oceanico in Barra de Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro on Monday morning resembled the last day at school.

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Tired delegates and VIPs from around the world hugged and swapped numbers and gilt-edged business cards before tearfully getting into the official courtesy cars supplied by Nissan.

Suitcases, packed no doubt with souvenirs, gifts and other keepsakes were loaded into cavernous boots before passengers, glowing with warm Rio memories, headed to the airport. The Olympics road show was leaving town.

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