IOC gives information to Brazil authorities in Hickey case

Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:58am EDT
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By Karolos Grohmann

BERLIN (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee has met Brazilian judicial authorities investigating a case of alleged ticket scalping during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and provided information, an IOC official said on Saturday.

The official told Reuters the IOC had not been asked to provide information but took the initiative, with its lawyers meeting officials investigating the case which has centered around suspended senior IOC member Patrick Hickey.

In a letter sent to all its members, the IOC said it was "actively cooperating" with authorities.

"We have already sent to you a note last week on our colleague and IOC Executive Board member Patrick Hickey who has to remain in Brazil pending an investigation into the sale of tickets for the Olympic Games Rio 2016," the letter said.

"The IOC, even though not having been officially requested by the Brazilian judicial authorities, but learning from the media about the case, has taken the initiative to cooperate with the judicial authorities and is in contact with them to shed full light on the matter."

Hickey, who was also the head of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI), was released from Rio's Bangu 10 maximum security prison last month but must remain in Brazil until the case is heard.

He was arrested on Aug. 10 at a luxury beachfront hotel during the Rio Games. His arrest was in connection with an investigation into an illegal ticket-scalping ring.

Police accused Hickey, 71, of leading the operation with PRO10 to funnel tickets for the Rio Games through THG Sports to raise 10 million reais ($3 million) after jacking up prices. All involved have denied wrongdoing.   Continued...

Former top European member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Patrick Hickey,  leaves a police station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 6, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes