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Email trail revealed in Olympic ticketing probe

Emails have been found between the head of THG Sports and the International Olympic Committee member Pat Hickey
24/08/2016

Pictured: THG Sports head Marcus Evans

Emails have been found between the head of THG Sports and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Pat Hickey discussing the illegal sale of Olympic tickets, police in Rio have said.

The emails between THG Sports head Marcus Evans and former Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) president Hickey date back to 2010, police revealed at a press conference, with the latest exchange as recent as 3 August.

Police in Rio also revealed that they are investigating bank documents amid suspicion of money laundering tied to the illegal ticketing allegations.

Hickey, from Ireland, was arrested last week but has not yet been charged. He is being held at Bangu 10 Prison in the same cell as THG director Kevin Mallon, who was arrested on 5 August after police seized Olympic tickets earmarked for the Olympic Council of Ireland in a Rio hotel. 

Hickey has denied any wrongdoing, but has stepped down from his roles at the IOC and the OCI temporarily.

Police said three OCI officials were suspected of involvement in the illegal sales: chief executive Stephen Martin, general secretary Dermot Henihan and treasurer Kevin Kilty. They had their passports, phones and computers seized by Brazilian police on Sunday (21 August), following the arrest of Hickey, and have been barred from leaving Brazil.

The OCI’s authorised ticket reseller for Rio 2016 was Dublin-based Pro10 Sports Management.

THG and Pro10 have denied any wrongdoing over ticket sales. Pro10 has said it had legitimate customers for its tickets and Mallon was acting as a collection agent for them in Rio.


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