Monday 25 June 2018

Pat Hickey resigns from Olympic Committee board

Pat Hickey. Photo: SPORTSFILE
Pat Hickey. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Rebecca Lumley

Former Olympic chief Pat Hickey has formally resigned from the International Olympic Committee’s executive board.

Mr Hickey (72) was arrested on August 17 last year and held for almost five months in Brazil after becoming embroiled in a ticket-selling controversy at last year's Rio Games

In a statement issued yesterday by the IOC to their Twitter account, they confirm that Mr Hickey will resign with “immediate effect.”

"Patrick Hickey has informed the IOC of his resignation as a member of the IOC Executive Board with immediate effect.

"In his resignation letter, Mr Hickey emphasised that he wants to protect the IOC and to ensure that the interests of the National Olympic Committees are represented on the Executive Board.

"He also reiterated his innocence in respect of all charges and confirmed that he hopes to exercise his functions as an IOC member in the future."

The IOC confirmed that Mr Hickey’s successor will be appointed during the forthcoming IOC Session in Lima.

They stated that while Mr Hickey’s self-suspension from all other IOC functions will remain, “the IOC reiterates that the presumption of innocence prevails.”

Mr Hickey is due to go on trial in Rio de Janeiro this November.

He has maintained he is innocent of all charges.

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