Pa­trick Hickey back in Ire­land af­ter Rio ar­rest

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Olympic of­fi­cial Pa­trick Hickey is back in Ire­land, four months af­ter be­ing ar­rested in Brazil dur­ing the Rio de Janeiro Games on ticket scalp­ing charges. Hickey, who re­turned to Dublin on Sun­day night, says he “will do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to clear my name.” The 71year-old Hickey was al­lowed to leave Brazil to re­ceive med­i­cal treat­ment. The As­so­ci­a­tion of Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tees loaned Hickey the $430,000 in bail money so he could be re­leased from le­gal cus­tody in Brazil. In a state­ment, Hickey says the past few months have been “ex­tremely trau­matic” and “I am to­tally in­no­cent of all charges against me.” Hickey has tem­po­rar­ily stepped down from all of his Olympic po­si­tions. He was pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Olympic Com­mit­tees, head of Ire­land’s Olympic Com­mit­tee, a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee, and vice pres­i­dent of ANOC. — AP

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