Saturday 24 February 2018

Timeline: An Olympic scandal involving $1m deals, private jets, chaotic management and arrest beamed around the world

Kevin Mallon. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Kevin Mallon. Photo: Steve Humphreys Newsdesk Newsdesk

2009, July 9: Former OCI president Pat Hickey receives an email from THG boss and Ipswich Town Football Club owner Marcus Evans proposing to become the ticket agent for each Olympic Games up to 2020.


March 5: THG lodges $1m into the OCI's bank account as part of its bid to become the ticket agent for London 2012 and Sochi 2014.

June 22: FAI boss John Delaney proposes that the OCI begins paying Mr Hickey an honorarium of €60,000 a year.

The judge said it was questionable whether the allowance, paid to the president between 2010 and 2016, was within the spirit of the organisation as a small voluntary operation.


December 16: Mr Hickey reports to the OCI that THG has offered $600,000 to be the ticket agent for the Rio Games in 2016.


February 5: OCI's Executive Committee decides to start excluding its CEO from meetings.


May 5: Rio Organising Committee rejects the OCI's application to appoint THG as its ticket agent. It has suspicions the company is linked to ticket touting and unauthorised hospitality events.

May 6: Mr Evans sends Mr Hickey an email with the subject line "My Thoughts" in which he suggests an alternative to THG.

May 20: A business called Pro10 is registered.

The judge concludes Pro10 "was not a genuine Authorised Ticket Reseller (ATR) but its involvement disguised the continuing role of THG and Marcus Evans as the real or de facto ATR".

June 22: Contract signed to allow Pro10 be the OCI's ticket agent for a fee of $100,000. The judge believes that the OCI is still owed $50,000 from this element of the deal by Pro10.


April 20: Mr Hickey flies to Geneva on Mr Evans's private jet.

August 5: Just hours before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio, Kevin Mallon of THG is arrested by police.

Officers seized a number of tickets from a hotel room but the judge was unable to state how many or what their intended destination might have been.

August 10: Email from Mr Evans to Mr Hickey asking for his thoughts on a reply from Pro10 to queries from the Rio Organising Committee. This was drafted by THG.

August 15: A Brazilian judge issues warrants for the arrest of four THG executives, including Mr Evans.

August 17: Mr Hickey is arrested during a 6am raid on his hotel. Images of him in a dressing gown are beamed around the world.

August 21: Closing ceremony of the Olympic Games.

September 6: Mr Hickey is charged with ticket touting, forming a criminal association/cartel and illicit marketing by Brazilian authorities. He could face up to seven years in jail but has repeatedly refuted the charges.

September 19: The Moran Inquiry is established by Transport Minister Shane Ross with a deadline for its report set at December 12.


August 14: Moran Report due to be published by the minister.

Irish Independent

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