Thursday 8 December 2016

Controversy eclipses our sporting headlines

Published 10/08/2016 | 02:30

Brazilian police have seized more than 1,000 tickets that were being marketed at very high prices
Brazilian police have seized more than 1,000 tickets that were being marketed at very high prices

Those following the fortunes of the Irish team in the Olympics are still waiting to see our competitors make the headlines instead of being eclipsed by controversy.

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They may have to wait a little longer. Already dogged by doping allegations, a burgeoning ticket touting scandal has now catapulted Ireland to the centre of the news in Rio for all the wrong reasons.

The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) has promised to launch an inquiry into how €3m worth of highly prized tickets managed to be on sale on the streets at inflated prices, in a country wracked by crippling poverty.

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