Wednesday 23 May 2018

Hickey fights with minister on doping

Tensions mount between Olympic chief and Government

OCI president Pat Hickey. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
OCI president Pat Hickey. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Relations between the Government and Olympic chief Pat Hickey have dramatically deteriorated.

Ministers are refusing to express confidence in the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) president over his handling of the alleged ticket tout scandal.

Embattled Sports Minister Shane Ross will hold showdown talks with Mr Hickey tomorrow. Mr Ross has cast doubt over the OCI's ability to conduct an independent investigation into the ticket touting scandal that has resulted in the arrest of Irish man Kevin Mallon.

But the Irish Independent can today reveal that tensions between the Government and the OCI date back weeks before the Games began.

Sources say tensions mounted when Mr Hickey opposed a decision by the Government to sign up to an anti-doping pledge that involves 18 other European countries.

Irish Independent

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