Thursday 8 December 2016

Ticket scandal has tarnished our participation in Olympics

Published 16/08/2016 | 02:30

Showdown talks in Rio: Sports Minister Shane Ross. Photo: Tom Burke
Showdown talks in Rio: Sports Minister Shane Ross. Photo: Tom Burke

The explanation for the Olympic 'ticket touting' scandal has come very late in the day. Why has it taken so long for the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) to come up with the explanation that the individual at the centre of the controversy was allegedly an agent?

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It also seems that safeguards regarding taxpayers' money are not good enough and a Garda inquiry should now begin, given the OCI's refusal to accept an independent person on the OCI's investigation team. There are also many other unanswered questions.

The OCI's funding should be suspended or cancelled until all questions have been fully and satisfactorily answered.

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