Saturday 20 January 2018

Probe into earlier games not feasible, says judge

Judge Carroll Moran was initially expected to probe the ticketing practices of the OCI at the London Olympics and Sochi Winter Olympics. Stock photo
Judge Carroll Moran was initially expected to probe the ticketing practices of the OCI at the London Olympics and Sochi Winter Olympics. Stock photo
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

The judge investigating the Olympic ticketing scandal dropped inquiries into the games prior to Rio because he felt his investigation would go nowhere.

Judge Carroll Moran's final report says he decided to prioritise events in Brazil despite his terms of reference being much broader.

He was initially expected to probe the ticketing practices of the OCI at the London Olympics and Sochi Winter Olympics.

But his report says: "Because of the manner in which the inquiry evolved, the inquiry decided not to proceed further with the investigation of the earlier games in London and Sochi.

"This is in the interest of providing an expeditious and proportionate report …"

The judge cited the lack of co-operation from the key players involved in Rio, saying this "would be many times magnified in an investigation of events at earlier games".

As previously revealed by the Irish Independent, Mr Justice Moran recommends against the establishment of a more formal commission of investigation into the scandal.

He says such a probe would be "disproportionate in terms of the cost of time and money". The judge concludes that major reforms are already underway at the OCI.

Irish Independent

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