Thursday 29 June 2017

10 questions the OCI needs to answer about the 'touting' scandal

Fraudulent tickets seized by Brazilian authorities. AFP/Getty Images
Fraudulent tickets seized by Brazilian authorities. AFP/Getty Images
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An alleged touting operation involving tickets allocated to the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) has become a national embarrassment. Here are some questions that need to be answered.

1. How many tickets were the OCI allocated for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

"This is commercially sensitive information but our policy is in line with other national Olympic committees."

 

2. Who in the OCI, or on behalf of the OCI, are these tickets sent to by the Rio organisers or collected?

"The tickets are collected by the authorised ticket reseller (ATR) from central collection points."

 

3. Who has responsibility within the OCI for the distribution of these tickets?

"The OCI do not distribute tickets. It is the ATR that is responsible for this."

 

4. Is it usual practice to sell on tickets?

"We expect the OCI ATR to abide by the regulations of ticket sales and re-selling at all times."

 

5. The OCI used THG for the London 2012 Olympic games - how many tickets did you give them to manage?

"This is commercially sensitive information but our policy is in line with other national Olympic committees."

 

6. With whom did the OCI deal with in THG?

"Marcus Evans and Ian Milne, their legal counsel."

 

7. Who is the OCI's authorised ticket reseller for the Rio games

"Pro 10 Management."

 

8. How much did the OCI receive from its authorised ticket reseller for the Rio games?

"This is commercially sensitive information and is in line with other National Olympic Committees."

 

9. How did OCI tickets end up in the possession of Kevin James Mallon?

"This is precisely what we are investigating."

 

10. Where does the proceeds of the ticket sales go to within the OCI?

"The OCI does not take any proceeds from ticket sales. The ATR pay a rights fee to the OCI. This is in line with other national Olympic committees. The proceeds are used for funding of national federations and athletes attending the Games."

Irish Independent

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