Sunday 19 November 2017

London Olympics 2012: Ukranian general secretary quits after being filmed offering tickets for sale on black market

Martyn Ziegler

ONE of Ukraine's leading Olympic figures has resigned after he was filmed offering London 2012 tickets for sale on the black market.

Volodymyr Gerashchenko, the 66-year-old general secretary of the Ukraine National Olympic Committee, has quit but said he will co-operate with the independent investigation commission that was launched last week.

Ukrainian NOC president Sergey Bubka said: "The Ukraine National Olympic Committee takes accusations very seriously and that is why we have acted so swiftly to address the recent BBC reports." Gerashchenko, head of Ukraine's NOC since 1997, was filmed by BBC London News offering to sell 100 tickets worth several thousand pounds to an undercover reporter posing as a ticket tout.

Legislation brought in since London won the vote to host the Games in 2005 makes it a criminal offence to sell Olympics tickets on the black market, with a fine of up to £20,000 for each offence.

Gerashchenko was filmed telling the undercover reporter: "I understand you're a dealer - that's why for me, you are priority number one, the top, the person, in case we have extra tickets to contact you, we contact you." The official also asked to paid in cash for the tickets.

Press Association

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