Wednesday 17 January 2018

Report into OCI governance ordered after Rio Ticketing scandal completed

Pat Hickey. Pic Steve Humphreys
Pat Hickey. Pic Steve Humphreys
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A report ordered into the governance of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) commissioned in the wake of the Rio ticketing scandal has been completed.

The OCI appointed Deloitte in September to conduct an independent review of how the organisation was managed.

Now a spokesperson for the body has confirmed that its work has concluded.

"A draft report has been received by the OCI from Deloitte. It will be examined by the Executive Board at their next meeting on Thursday."

On Tuesday evening FAI CEO John Delaney announced that he was stepping down from the OCI board.

In a statement he outlined his reasons for stepping away and again insisted that he no role or involvement in any ticketing arrangements for Rio.

A three-person crisis management sub-committee was appointed in the wake of the Rio ticketing scandal to lead the council's response to the controversy.

And following a meeting in September that sub-committee confirmed it had chosen Deloitte to review the manner in which the OCI is governed under its current constitution.

FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photo: Sportsfile
FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photo: Sportsfile

The review looked at comparative sports bodies and National Olympic Committees "with a view to making recommendations on changes that might be made to the OCI Memorandum and Articles of Association/Constitution".

Deloitte was asked to engage with members of the OCI Executive Committee and OCI Member Federations, Sport Ireland, the European Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee as part of its review.

The finance and accounting firm's draft report of the findings is expected to include recommendations on governance principles that may lead to changes to the OCI Memorandum and Articles of Association/Constitution and any other relevant matters.

Former OCI President Pat Hickey is currently being investigated by police in Rio de Janeiro over his alleged involvement in ticket touting at the Olympics.

Mr Hickey (71) was arrested at his hotel in Rio during the 2016 Olympics on August 17.

He and THG director Kevin Mallon are facing charges of ticket-touting, illicit marketing and money-laundering in Brazil.

Both deny all allegations made against them in relation to ticketing at the event.

Mr Hickey previously said in a statement to that he is completely innocent of all charges formally laid against him in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and intends to fight "each and every one of them".

A Grant Thornton review of the handling of ticketing arrangements for the Rio Olympics is still ongoing. A government ordered inquiry by Judge Carroll Moran is also underway.

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