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Pat Hickey (left) and John Delaney

The OCI appointed Deloitte to conduct an independent review of the organisation’s governance arrangements last month.

The findings of the report are due for discussion by an OCI Executive Board meeting this week. That meeting could take place as early as tomorrow.

This report was requested on the back of the controversy over the alleged mis-selling of Rio Olympics tickets.

Report on governance of OCI has been completed (RTE)

Surprise as John Delaney steps down as OCI vice-president (Irish Times)

Previously: The Longest Head Start In Fugitive History

‘John Delaney Could Run Anything’

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The United States Olympic Committee’s ticketing policy

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Tweet from Olive Loughnane, Irish race walker who competed at the games of 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.

Good times.

Via Paul Reynolds

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Meanwhile…

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From top: Independent Alliance Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross with Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O Donovan outside the Department of Transport this afternoon; Retired Justice Carroll Moran

Retired High Court Judge Carroll Moran has been appointed to chair the inquiry into the OCI’s allocation of Olympic tickets going back to the 2012 Games.

‘No limits’ on former judge’s inquiry into Olympic tickets controversy (RTÉ)

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Michelle Smith and Bill Clinton (top) at the Atlanta Olympic Games, article from the Irish Times (above) in 1996

Pat Hickey speaking at an Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) function after the 1996 Olympic Games.

Really good times.

Earlier: Calling It

Meanwhile, in 2004..

OLYMPIC FOCUS : Sailors’ bonus plan shelved (Irish Independent 2004) 

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During the newspaper review on TV3’s Tonight with Vincent Browne, hosted by Alison O’Connor, the panelists were Louise Bayliss, from SPARK, and Eoghan Corry, from Travel Extra.

They discussed the coverage of the Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey’s arrest in Rio yesterday.

Alison O’Connor: “So, Eoghan, wall-to-wall coverage…”

Eoghan Corry: “It’s one story and it’s a media-led story. Let’s look at this,you know, bring a bit of analysis to this. It’s been a media-led story from the beginning…and the Brazilian newspaper…”

O’Connor: “My god, I mean, the media doesn’t have to do too much work here, the facts are tumbling out…It’s just…”

Corry: “The Brazilian newspapers are the ones that led the charge on this investigation and they were the ones invited by the police today and the video that’s being shown all over the place, and the picture, the naked photograph, we have it on the front of the Examiner – the bathrobes photograph, he was naked when he opened the door on Pat Hickey is…”

O’Connor: “It’s rather distasteful, isn’t it?”

Corry: “Well, is this part of the process? You know, is this part of a judicial process? Is taking, going through somebody’s laptop to get their confidential…”

O’Connor: “Perp-walk approach…”

Corry: “…legal advice. That’s the sort of thing that was said about [Minister for Sport] Shane Ross “put him in his box” is said in the Four Courts everyday, in the private meetings with people, with their clients, that was paraded by the police today. The police were the ones who suggested that he was not cooperating with them when they arrived and was in a separate room. The Olympic Council statement later on says, this is not the case. Those of us, in a late night programme, analysing the media coverage, have to make the point, this is not process, this is media-led. There is almost a voyeuristic thing here of taking on Pat Hickey, with the cameras and parading it around the world before anything comes to trial.

“We also have another very interesting angle, in that Shane Ross has been telling the Examiner, a great story by Daniel McConnell, the political editor of the Examiner…”

O’Connor: “Who broke the original drug test story…”

Corry: “Absolutely, terrific work again by the Examiner, and he said that he was considering withdrawing the funding for the OCI. You can see here what we have…”

O’Connor: “And you can see why. I mean, obviously, then you have the athletes suffering…”

Corry: “OK, well if you consider from a sporting background and most, a lot of my journalistic life, my early journalistic life was in sport. We saw, every time, politicians went trailblazing through sport, it was for their own benefit. We saw a Taoiseach end up on the podium for the Tour de France, we saw, you know…”

O’Connor: “But would you not acknowledge that there are obviously questions that need to be answered here?”

Corry: “Of course there are questions but is a politician saying, ‘I’m going to sort all of this out, trailing down and coming back out. You know. Pat Hickey has been through Minister for Sport after Minister for Sport and if we just look back at the trail of habits of some of our previous ministers…”

O’Connor: “The man certainly has longevity.”

Watch back in full here

Earlier: Calling It

Previously: Chutzpals

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A Brazilian judge has ordered the arrest of four executives of international sports hospitality company THG Sports for fraudulent ticket sales at the Olympics, police officials said.

The police did not name the four executives but said they were directly involved in a scheme to overcharge for tickets to the first Games held in South America.

Last week police detained THG director Kevin James Mallon and a translator employed by the company, alleging that they could have made 10 million reais ($3 million) from buying tickets and reselling them at a higher price.

At the time, THG denied the accusations. The company could not be reached immediately for comment about the latest arrests.

Brazil judge orders more arrests for Olympic ticketing fraud (Reuters)

Earlier: Toutragous

Previously: The Golden Tickets