Olympic Council of Ireland has crisis management team in place as Rio police demand John Delaney’s passport

The OCI say they have assembled a “crisis management” team to investigate the Rio ticket scandal which features Sarah Keane of Swim Ireland, Prof. Ciaran O’Cathrin of Athletics Ireland and Robert Norwood from the Snowsports Association.

In a statement released by the OCI this morning they also say they will hire an international accountancy firm to conduct an independent review of ticketing arrangements.
Its report will then be given to the judge chairing the State inquiry into the controversy.

The OCI had an emergency five hour meeting last night after further developments in which Brazilian police confiscated the passports of three more Irish Olympic officials and are pursuing three others, including FAI chief executive John Delaney and Pat Hickey’s successor Willie O’Brien.

The three Olympic Council of Ireland officials have had their passports, phones and laptops seized by Brazilian police.

Rio police said Ireland team leader Kevin Kilty, chief executive Stephen Martin and secretary general Dermot Henihan, are accused of illegally selling Olympic tickets.

No arrests have been made but the officials have agreed to go to police stations for questioning.

The president of the OCI Pat Hickey is due to appear before a judge tomorrow.

He could be facing up to seven years in jail if found guilty of ticket touting.

Hickey, 71, was detained at a hotel in the Barra da Tijuca area on Wednesday and later taken to Samaritano hospital with chest pain before he underwent cardiac tests.

 

 

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