Saturday 24 August 2019

OCI to elect new President in February

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. Photo: Steve Humphreys
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. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The new President of the Olympic Council of Ireland will be elected on February 9, the sporting body has confirmed.

All national sporting bodies affiliated to the OCI have been asked to nominate candidates for the role of President - vacated by Pat Hickey following the Rio ticket scandal - to the 13-member executive committee by January 11.

Mr Hickey is set to return from Brazil imminently after a court in Rio de Janeiro ruled his passport could be returned to him.

The judgment paves the way for the 71-year-old to board a flight home after his legal team lodged a bail payment of €420,000.

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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