Monday 11 December 2017

Independent review into the handling of Rio tickets postponed as Hickey's lawyers threaten court injunction

Former OCI chief Pat Hickey. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Former OCI chief Pat Hickey. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

An independent review into the handling of ticketing arrangements for the Rio Olympics has been postponed after lawyers for former Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) president Pat Hickey threatened to apply for a court injunction.

In a statement, released on Wednesday night, the OCI confirmed that the Grant Thornton review would not now be completed until after criminal proceedings against Mr Hickey are completed in Brazil.

The 71-year-old is currently in Rio de Janeiro where he his facing trial for alleged ticket touting at the Games.

Both he and THG director Kevin Mallon deny all allegations made against them in relation to ticketing at the event.

The latest statement from the OCI was released after a meeting of the Executive Committee on Wednesday evening.

It read: “The Grant Thornton review into ticketing arrangements in Rio will be postponed and completed only following the conclusion of criminal proceedings against Mr Pat Hickey in Rio.

“This decision was taken following the receipt of a letter from Mr Hickey’s lawyers this week in which he threatened to make an application to the High Court for an injunction preventing the completion of the review.

“The Executive Committee has decided not to incur the very significant additional cost of defending any such legal proceedings.

The Executive Committee restated its commitment to continuing full cooperation with the Moran non statutory State inquiry.”

The OCI confirmed that there will be an emergency general meeting (EGM) of the OCI in January 2017 to elect a new Executive Committee.

A report, completed by Deloitte on corporate governance arrangements at the OCI will be issued to OCI member federations next week in advance of January’s EGM.

The Grant Thornton review was to examine the handling of ticketing arrangements for the Rio Olympics.

Submissions were taken from athletes and their families on their experience of ticketing allocation and availability arrangements for Rio 2016 as part of the review.

The OCI said the review was intended to be finished by Monday, October 10 but this date was later pushed out.

It is due to be given to Judge Carroll Moran to consider as part of his State inquiry into the controversy.

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