POSTED: August 17th 2016
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Olympics: Patrick Hickey steps aside temporarily from all Olympic posts as Rio 2016 ticketing scandal ensues

OCI President Patrick Hickey was taken to Hospital Samaritano in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after the arrest © Getty Images
OCI President Patrick Hickey was taken to Hospital Samaritano in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after the arrest © Getty Images

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(SFC) The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) issued a statement following the arrest of its president and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Patrick Hickey in relation to his involvement with the Rio 2016 ticketing scandal.

"A warrant of arrest for OCI President Pat Hickey was issued this morning by Brazilian authorities. Contrary to reports, Mr Hickey complied fully with the terms of the warrant. Mr Hickey was taken ill as this warrant was served and was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

"In light of this morning's developments and his ill health, Mr Hickey has taken the decision to step aside temporarily as President of the OCI and all other Olympic functions (IOC member in Ireland, EOC President, ANOC Vice President) until this matter is fully resolved. Mr Hickey will of course continue to cooperate and assist with all ongoing enquiries."








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