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Ireland Olympic officials barred from leaving Brazil as ticket probe continues

THG Sports' Kevin Mallon and OCI president Pat Hickey share Rio prison cell as police continue investigation

Pictured: THG Sports

Four officials from the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) have been barred from leaving Brazil as police continue their investigation into the alleged illegal sale of tickets at Rio 2016.

Three OCI officials had their passports, phones and computers seized by Brazilian police on Sunday (21 August), following the earlier arrest of president Pat Hickey.

Ireland team leader Kevin Kilty, chief executive Stephen Martin and secretary general Dermot Henihan were not arrested, but they agreed to attend police stations in Rio for questioning on Tuesday (23 August).

Rio police said the officials were accused of illegally selling Olympic tickets. 

Pat Hickey denies all charges against him, but has stepped aside from his role as president of the OCI temporarily. 

Hickey was denied bail by the Court of Justice last week and transferred to prison. He is sharing a prison cell with THG Sports director and fellow Irishman Kevin Mallon, according to police in Rio. 

Mallon, who has been in custody in Brazil since 5 August over the affair, was arrested after police seized Olympic tickets earmarked for the Olympic Council of Ireland in a Rio hotel. 

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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