August 17, 2016 / 5:42 PM / 3 years ago

Europe's top Olympic official steps down after arrest

Patrick Hickey poses on the blue carpet prior to the 2015 ANOC Awards in Washington in this October 29, 2015 file photo. Brazilian police said on August 17, 2016 they were hunting for Hickey, an Irish member of the International Olympic Committee, in connection with an investigation into ticket reselling at the Rio Olympics. Police said in a statement they had discovered evidence linking Hickey to an international scheme to illegally pass Olympic tickets to touts who were reselling them at well above their original price. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports/File photo

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Europe’s top Olympic official, Ireland’s Pat Hickey, on Wednesday temporarily stepped down from his position as executive board member on the International Olympic Committee, after his arrest in connection with a probe into ticket touting at the Rio Games.

“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 (Olympic Council of Ireland) and all other Olympic functions (IOC member in Ireland, European Olympic Committee President, Association of National Olympic Committees Vice President) until this matter is fully resolved,” the OCI said in a brief statement.

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