Monday 23 September 2019

Pat Hickey will 'NOT' be running for OCI president

Pat Hickey stepped aside as OCI president Photo: Steve Humphreys
Pat Hickey stepped aside as OCI president Photo: Steve Humphreys

Cathal McMahon

The Olympic Council of Ireland has confirmed that Pat Hickey will not run for president at its upcoming EGM.

In a statement, released this afternoon, the body confirmed that the meeting will take place on February 9.

Mr Hickey (71) , who was arrested at the Rio Olympics for alleged ticket touting, is due to return from Rio de Janeiro in the coming days after a judge returned his passoport.

Mr Hickey vacated the role of OCI president - a position he held for 27 years - after his arrest in August.

All national sporting bodies affiliated to the OCI have been asked to nominate candidates for the role of President to the 13-member executive committee by January 11.

In a statement, the OCI said the Extraordinary General Meeting was called to: "Receive and consider the report of the Deputy Chef de Mission, Honorary General Secretary and Honorary Treasurer for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

And also to: "Elect Officers and an Executive Committee for the XXXII Olympiad."

The statement continues: "For clarity, as Pat Hickey has repeatedly advised in the past year prior to the Rio Games 2016 he would be finishing his term of office after the Games.

"Therefore please note he will NOT be a candidate for President at the forthcoming elections."

Last night there was no sign of Mr Hickey at Rio's international airport, where a series of flights left for Europe.

Allowed to leave for health reasons, the former OCI president has already scheduled heart surgery in Ireland.

He could still be required to return to Brazil for a trial, expected early next year.

If he does not attend, the trial could proceed without him.

Mr Hickey is accused of being at the centre of an international touting ring in Olympic tickets issued to the OCI, a charge he strongly denies.

He was arrested at his five-star hotel during the Olympic Games on August 17.

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