Sunday 21 January 2018

OCI's probe into Rio 2016 ticket scandal facing delays

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Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

A probe commissioned by the Olympic Council of Ireland into the Rio ticket scandal will not be completed until next month at the earliest.

Auditor Grant Thornton was recruited at the height of the ticket controversy to examine the appointment of Pro10 as ticket resellers for the Olympic Games.

It was expected to report back by October 10, but the Irish Independent understands its work has hit several stumbling blocks.

As part of the review, submissions were invited from athletes and their families on their experience of ticketing for Rio 2016.

Sources say Grant Thornton sought significant documentation from the OCI which has delayed its final report. "The work is ongoing but it's difficult," said a source.

It is not clear whether former OCI president Pat Hickey has had any contact with the inquiry.

The slow progress is likely to hinder the work of Judge Carroll Moran, who has been appointed by the Government to carry out a non-statutory inquiry.

The Department of Sport had anticipated he could carry out a review of how tickets assigned to the OCI allegedly ended up on the black market within 12 weeks. That would have resulted in a report before Christmas but sources say it could be close to Easter.

A spokesperson for the OCI was unable to explain why the Grant Thornton review has missed its deadline, but said: "The judge will receive a copy of the Grant Thornton report on its completion.

"The OCI will co-operate fully with Judge Moran's inquiry and will meet with him if requested to do so."

Irish Independent

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