Ir­ish Olympic chief quits amid tick­ets row

Fiji Sun - - World | News -

Rio de Janeiro: Pa­trick Hickey, a se­nior mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee, has tem­po­rar­ily stood down from all his roles af­ter his ar­rest in Rio over al­le­ga­tions of il­le­gal ticket sales. The Ir­ish­man, 71, was taken to hospi­tal fol­low­ing his ar­rest, af­ter re­quest­ing med­i­cal at­ten­tion. Brazil­ian Po­lice claim he was in­volved in a scheme to re­sell Olympic tick­ets at higher than their face value. They said the scheme could have had prof­its of 10m re­als (£2.4m; FJ$6.42m). Mr Hickey will be re­placed as pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Olympic Com­mit­tees - the body which brings to­gether the 50 na­tional com­mit­tees across the con­ti­nent - by his deputy Janez Ko­ci­jan­cic. BBC

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