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Rio Olympics: Irish IOC member arrested over illegal ticket sales

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By Euronews
Rio Olympics: Irish IOC member arrested over illegal ticket sales

<p>A member of the International Olympic Committee’s executive board has been arrested in Rio – in connection with a probe into illegal ticket sales.</p> <p>Ireland’s Patrick Hickey is suspected of having links to an international scheme to pass OIympic tickets to touts, to be sold on at high prices. </p> <p>He was detained in his son’s hotel room and taken to hospital by ambulance, according to Brazilian media. </p> <p>Hickey later temporarily stepped down from his position as executive board member on the International Olympic Committee, president of the European Olympic Committee and vice-president of the Association of National Olympic Committees.</p> <p>The Olympic Council of Ireland said Hickey, its president, was stepping aside from all his Olympic functions until the matter was fully resolved. </p> <p>Hickey did not respond to calls for comment.</p> <p>His arrest comes after a director of sports hospitality company <span class="caps">THG</span> Sports and a translator employed by the firm were detained last week – amid allegations that they could have made more than two-and-a-half million euros from buying tickets and selling them on at a higher price. </p> <p>THG has rejected the accusations against the company and the director.</p>