27/09/2016 Spotlight


27/09/2016

A special report from Rio. Conor Spackman investigates the arrest of Pat Hickey, president of the Olympic Council of Ireland.


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The Rio Olympics. Over two weeks of sport and sunshine on the Atlantic

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coast. Athletes coming from practically every nation on Earth to

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compete. When we arrived during the Paralympics, the atmosphere in

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Brazil was still electric. When you stand here and take all of it takes

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your breath away, the away, the sounds, the beautiful weather, a

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tangible sense of excitement in the air. But this year, amid the

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competition and the colour, there was controversy. First to that

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arrest in Brazil of Pat Hickey. Right in the middle of the Games,

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Alan's Olympic chief Pat Hickey was arrested and taken to one of

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Brazil's most notorious prisons. Now he is charged with being part of an

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alleged ticket touting ring and has had his passport seized. Pat Hickey

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has said he is innocent but he will remain in Rio to fight the charges.

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Pat Hickey has been involved with the Olympic sports since 1981. He

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became president of the Olympic Council of Ireland in 1989. A

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position he held until his arrest when he suspended himself from the

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roll. After becoming chief of the Olympic Council of Ireland, Pat

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Hickey rose to prominence on the world stage, rubbing shoulders with

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the great and the good. And in the Olympic movement, he had become

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president of the European Olympic Committees. During his journey to

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the top, Pat Hickey has at times been a controversial figure and

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sometimes got on the wrong side of athletes. On one occasion, he was

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heavily criticised for his views on certain Olympians. Paul is an

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international cyclist who competed for Ireland at the summer Olympic

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Games in 1984. Now a writer, he recalls Pat Hickey criticising

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athletes after the Sydney Olympics in 2000. He used the fact that the

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team had not performed well really weighed into the performance and the

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athletes. I wrote a piece about at the time. And the reaction of the

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athletes to this, how much they resented Pat Hickey and what he said

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about them and what he said about how they had performed.

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Gaming is one of Alan's most celebrated athletes. In an interview

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at the time, he was asked what his views were about the criticisms. Pat

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Hickey has laid it on the line, he has said that second raters need not

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apply for Athens in 2004. I was disgusted with him in the paper when

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I read those quotes from him and his viewpoints on second raters. Do you

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know what, to be upfront, Pat Hickey was a second rater himself going

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into the Olympic Games a number of years ago as a participant in judo.

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I came into my sport to make one spot of judo and rose up the ranks

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in competition and became president of the Irish judo Association and

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that led me on to a delegate of the Olympic Committee. Pat Hickey has

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said he spent his time in the Olympic movement serving

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sportspeople. I am not a paid official, I am a volunteer, I am not

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in the business of sport, as such, I have done long years of voluntary

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serving. Top Olympic volunteers are well looked after, they are

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constantly on business right around the world and receive daily

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payments. Every time they are on duty. As a member of the Executive

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of the International Olympic Committee, Pat Hickey receives $900

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each day. So for 17 days of an Olympics, that would amount to

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$15,300. A bit of celebrating, we were on the podium and danced. Some

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elite athletes can only dream of money. Like the O'Donovan brothers

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who competed in Rio. We have won two silver medals in going, those two

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rowers were funded to around 12,000 each year. That is as much as Pat

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Hickey got per day at the games. Do not tell me that the sportspeople

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are not aware of that, that creates resentment now. That is across all

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of the sport that resentment. Unhappiness about Irish Olympic

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funding applies to not just a rowing, Alan's most decorated recent

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Olympian is the Belfast boxer Paddy Barnes. I spoke to his father,

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Patrick, at the boxing club in Belfast. The greatest ability Paddy

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has got is the ability to keep going and to want to win. He wanted to

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make the best of what he has and he is prepared to do what is necessary,

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watch is not easy. Last year he qualified for the Olympics and he

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travelled 30,000 miles in 14 weeks. Seven different countries. Paddy won

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bronze in Beijing in 2008, but again in London in four years later he did

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likewise. But despite the success in the ring and some funding, finance

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and security has not been easy to come by. Funding what on how

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successful you are, there is a trait sets down that you must achieve to

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qualify for certain amounts of money. Paddy Barnes received 40,000

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euros funding each year across the Olympic Games that he took part in.

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Beijing, London and Rio. It has to cover his whole life, his personal

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training and travel. He has to live on that, has car has to run on that.

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Then you have to consider a mortgage. He could not get 13 or

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four years ago. He is a double Olympic medals and cannot get a

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mortgage? Yes. Despite the financial

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pressures, it is the glory that matters most to the Barnes family.

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When Paddy was asked to carry the Irish flag at the Rio open --

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opening ceremony, it was the happiest moment. A very proud day

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for myself. Not everyone gets to go to an opening ceremony like this. It

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is a great honour. As far as I am concerned, carrying the flag is as

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good as winning a medal, that is my personal opinion.

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When the Games began on the 5th of August, Patrick Barnes was not there

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to see his son. The Olympic Council of Ireland never offered him or his

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family tickets for the event. No, I was not at the opening ceremony. If

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you listen to what Patrick said when it was announced, how much of an

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honour it was for him, I never got to see that. I just saw a few

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pictures but since then. I have never been to any opening ceremony

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or closing ceremony. As relatives of a competitor, the Barnes family

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would have been eligible for what are known as national Olympic

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betting tickets. These are issued to every national Olympic committee,

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including the Olympic Council of Ireland, to distribute. For example,

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to the families and friends of athletes and two Olympic officials,

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they are not for resale. While everyone had been getting ready for

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the Olympic Opening Ceremony, and Paddy Barnes was preparing to hoist

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the flag of Ireland, drama was unfolding elsewhere in Rio. An Irish

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businessman called Kevin Mallon was arrested here at this hotel on the

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beach-front. Police have said he had with him a number of tickets for the

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opening ceremony, including tickets which were part of Alan's Olympic

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allocation. He was employed by a company called the Hospitality --

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Hospitality Group or THG. Police believe that the company and Kevin

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Mallon were involved in ticket touting, an allegation that both

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deny. This is the Next hotel where Kevin Mallon hosted a cocktail

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party, police believe the purpose of that party was to entertain people.

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His company were not allowed to sell tickets at the Rio Olympics so

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police got wind of this came and arrested him. PhD is owned by this

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man, Marcus Evans. He is a multimillionaire who has made a lot

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of money from selling tickets and hospitality packages to corporate

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clients around the world. He is also known to many as the owner of

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Ipswich town football club. -- THG. One of PhD's senior staff had been

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arrested for alleged ticket touting after the World Cup in Brazil two

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years ago. Police in Rio have said they have been keeping an eye on THG

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because of that. -- THG. Companies like THG which wanted to

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sell tickets or tickets for hospitality at the Olympics had to

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be accepted by the Rio ticket authorities. We have seen some of

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the information that the police has said support their case against THG

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and Kevin Mallon. When Kevin Mallon was arrested he was meeting clients

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who are wanting tickets and looking forward to the opening ceremony. One

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Brazilian business Ben Davies document to the police after Kevin

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Mallon was arrested and they show that he had spent a lot of money.

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The documents, in two parts. The first is a bill for hospitality on

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the day of the opening ceremony and the cost of that is about seven that

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they have thousand dollars per person. The second part of the

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contract Al Pointing THG as an agent to buy tickets and the cost of that

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is about $1000 per head. Police allege that these documents

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concealed the true charge for the tickets, hiding it in the cost of

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the hospitality. In Brazil, including the cost of the tickets by

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concealing it for overpriced hospitality is classed as ticket

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touting. That is against the law. After Kevin Mallon's arrest, police

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crack open the safe in his hotel apartment and found these. Hundreds

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of tickets for the Games. Including some Irish tickets which had been

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for sale for a variety of Olympic events. 40 of these, the police

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claimed, were Irish tickets, those men for families of athletes and

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Olympic officials and not meant for sale. This is Kevin Mallon arriving

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at the Central police station. The police investigation was under way.

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The question was, why did he have so many tickets when the company THG,

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for which he walked and for whom he was a director, were not allowed to

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sell Olympic tickets? -- worked. PhD and Kevin Mallon denied that they

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were involved in selling tickets at the Olympics or in any form of

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ticket touting. They have said the tickets he held were sold by those

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who were authorised and he was acting as a collection point on

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their behalf. They have said a full assessment cannot be achieved

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without consideration of all compliance documentation relating to

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the provision of hospitality packages in Rio. Pat Hickey and the

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Olympic Council of Ireland had had a relationship with THG, owned by

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Marcus Evans, since the London Olympics. They had worked together

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at the London games in 2012 when Pat Hickey and the Olympic Council had

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nominated THG to be expected agent or in the jargon, it authorised

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ticket reseller, ATR. We decided we'd better go but one of the big

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international companies and we searched around the globe and we

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discovered that Marcus Evans' group is probably the best-known and most

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professional and I have to tell you that in our dealings with them to

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date, we have found that. We have great confidence in the group. At

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the London Games, Pat Hickey and the Olympic Council of Ireland also

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asked THG to look after the Centre for Irish Olympic hospitality, what

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is known as the Irish house. We do not have the expertise ourselves to

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do that, so that is why we would be looking again at the professionalism

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of the Marcus Evans' group. Pat Hickey's son Stefan then went to

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work for THG to run the Irish house. Pat Hickey later explained to the

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press that Stefan had been headhunted for the position. His

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appointment had been approved by the Executive Committee of the Olympic

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Council of Ireland. This is the Irish house, this is the

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Irish national house. Pat Hickey wanted THG to be the

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ticket agent for Ireland for the Rio games. PhD were not wanted at the

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Olympics after one of their senior staff had been arrested for alleged

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ticket touting during the World Cup. -- THG. The Olympic authorities

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turned down the application, so Pat Hickey export an alternative, so

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agent solution. Brazilian police have released this

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e-mail and they have said it shows how Pat Hickey wanted to involve THG

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at Rio in 2016. In the e-mail, Pat Hickey right to Olympic officials

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and asked what the instead of being a full ticket agent, it could be a

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subagent instead. In a statement the International Olympic Committee said

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it was perfectly in compliance with the rules for tap -- Pat Hickey

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deceit and arrangement but they conformed it never concluded.

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PhD was a dead end for Rio 2016 for the Olympic Council of Ireland, so

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Pat Hickey and the council did something else, they turned to a

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company out of them in Dublin called Ward End sports management. It was

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appointed as an official reseller days after Pat Hickey had enquired

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if THG could BSA. -- Pro 10 Management. It is not clear why they

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were chosen, it had just been set up and had no track record of selling

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tickets. When Kevin Mallon was taken to

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prison, the police van hundreds of tickets in his room. Why were many

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Irish which were supposed to be the responsibility of the appointed

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agent? And why did he also have mock tickets? Though that were supposed

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to be further my one week later after his arrest, Pat Hickey and all

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the Olympic Council of Ireland were investigating. We then moved very

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fast and this has been proved by our executive committee, but this time

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of the Lone Ranger, I have to go to the executive committee for

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permission to do things. What we've done is written to the Brazilian

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authorities in Rio 2016 and we've asked them to send us all the

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necessary documentation and any evidence whatsoever. Irish sports

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Minister Shane Ross said he also had questions about what had happened.

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He flew to Rio to meet Pat Hickey face-to-face hoping to persuade him

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to put an independent person of his inquiry. But Pat Hickey on behalf of

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the Olympic Council of Ireland said no. I'm stunned by the reaction.

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ICOM believe they refuse to take an independent on their inquiry. When

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Shane Ross returned to Ireland, a leaked e-mail revealed Pat take it

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had been given legal advice before meeting the minister. It said Shane

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Ross needs to be put back in his box. The Brazilian police were

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continuing to ask questions about how so many Irish tickets were in

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Kevin Mallon's possession. A less than a week after saying he would

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investigate, too, Pat Hickey was himself arrested. This is one of the

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top hotels in Rio. It really is the last word in luxury by any

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standards. Nothing but the better officials like Pat Hickey. He and

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others have been staying here for a of weeks be just a stone's throw

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from one of the best beaches in Rio. Many Olympic officials were staying

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in similar 5-star hotels along the Rio beach-front. And then police,

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led by an investigator came looking for particular the 17th of August at

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6am, they went to the wrong Windsor hotel. Spotlight has spoken to an

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eyewitness who saw the whole thing happen. When police arrived at the

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correct Windsor Hotel, they knocked on Pat Hickey's door on the eighth

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floor. His wife and the third and told police that her husband was not

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there. The police went to the breakfast room to look for him, no

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luck. Practically's son Stefan had been in the room next door and have

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left for Ireland with his family. Police found Pat Hickey there and

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arrested him. After a precautionary visit to a

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hospital, Pat Hickey was driven to prison on the outskirts of Rio. This

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prison has a reputation for being tough as this quite prison security

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team showed us when we visited. In the prison, Pat Hickey shared a

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cell with Kevin Mallon. The THG director who had been arrested a

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fortnight earlier. They were both now suspected of being part of the

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same alleged ticket touting conspiracy. These are the cells in

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which Kevin Mallon and Pat Hickey would have been held up while they

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were here. I've just been able to see an aside some of them. They're

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incredibly small, cramped and have very little natural daylight. Kevin

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Mallon run Pat Hickey were released within a couple of days of each

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other at the end of August. Both have had their passports taken from

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them and face strict conditions while they await trial. We've just

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spent the best part of two hours inside that prison talking to prison

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guards and other authorities and it's very, very clear to me, having

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done that, the seriousness with which the Brazilian authorities are

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taking this alleged conspiracy. If there are questions about the police

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Mars's investigation after Kevin Mallon's arrest, there were even

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more after Hickey was arrested, too. In a step which will be highly

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unusual in the UK and Ireland, the police began to talk publicly about

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why they believed there was a case to answer. They also began to

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release e-mails and documents they had apparently obtained from

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practically's Fonab computers. Firstly the authorities said they

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believed that the Olympic Council of Ireland's ticket agent was what they

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call it a ghost company. They believed this because it was set up

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so quickly after Pat Hickey's attempts to have THG appointed as a

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sub agent was turned down. Pro ten have denied they were ghost

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company. Like THG, they sever Kevin Mallon was holding tickets on their

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behalf for collection by pro ten customers. They said it was normal

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practice for authorised ticket resellers to have tickets in Rio for

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collection. After practically's arrest, police in Brazil held a

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number of press conference, but they displayed more of the e-mails and

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documents they say they'd gathered, including more from Pat Hickey's

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phone and computers. The police released selected documents, so it's

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very difficult to make a full assessment of the police's

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allegations. One e-mail that they released was from this man, Greg

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Hardy. He used to be head of the American Olympic Committee. Now he

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works for a big hospitality company. In July, Greg Hardy e-mailed Pat

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Hickey and told his company had, in his words, figured out a partnership

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with Marcus Evans and his team real. He said he'd been working in

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particular with Kevin Mallon. Patrick replied and said, thanks for

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the info, Greg, see you in Rio. But in an interview after Kevin Mallon's

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arrest, Pat Hickey said he did know anything about Kevin Mallon. Have

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you ever met Kevin Mallon? No. I don't know anything about him and in

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fact, when I heard that he posts things like this, I thought he was

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based in the UK. I subsequently read in the media that is based in the

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Dublin office, but I've never met him and to my knowledge, none of the

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staff have either. In the same interview, Pat Hickey said the

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seller would investigate pro ten. We've started to investigate our own

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ticket agent, pro-tenant management and we have a whole series of

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questions to be answered there. We've sent them a list of questions

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you want detailed answers to each one. Then we can assemble all the

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facts. The day before Pat Hickey had said he will be investigating pro

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tem, he and Marcus Evans, the boss of THG had been in e-mail contact

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and we are consulting on what their protest to the Rio Olympic authority

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rugby. In e-mail, Marcus Evans said see below suggest a response. I'm

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getting feedback from lawyers in UK and Ireland, but do you have any

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initial thoughts? It's not clear up I get to go that invitation, but

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this is one of many e-mails between Pat Akin Marcus Evans after Kevin

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Mallon's arrest consulted on responses to the press and the

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Olympic authorities. When Pat Hickey was interviewed, he said there was

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no longer any relationship between the Olympic on Schiller and THG. --

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Olympic Council of Ireland. Do you have any understanding and knowledge

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of how THG became involved in this? None whatsoever. And the Olympic

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committee of Ireland has no association with THG? No, it is

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pro-tenant management. When did the company sever their links with THG.

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The games in Russia were two and a half years earlier. Practically's

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marks raised questions because of an e-mail he sent to Marcus Evans, the

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boss of THG. He sent it on the 3rd of August, just two days before the

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opening ceremony. In the e-mail, Pat Hickey rise to Marcus Evans and

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says, I can confirm that you know I do not require the open and closing

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ceremony together as part of our allegation. You can use them all.

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Now remember, the tickets worth of the OCI to distribute, for example,

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is family and friends of athletes, and not to be be sold. The kind of

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ticket I could take on Paddy Barnes's dad to the opening

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ceremony. It is not clear how many tickets practically was referring to

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what he meant by use them all. But remember, in an interview, Pat

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Hickey had said the OCI had no relationship with THG fought two

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years. Police and the prosecutor in Brazil have charged ten people,

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including Pat Hickey, Kevin Mallon and Marcus Evans. The directors pro

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ten and other directors of THG. While Spotlight was in Rio, the

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police passed their files to the judge to decide if the case should

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to trial. She decided it should. All ten people are charged denied all

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charges against them. How large or think you will be before this case

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is complete? I don't need my son to be running

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down and begging for tickets for his family stand in Rio, London Beijing.

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I do that is right. It is not right for the family and not for the boxer

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or athlete. The Olympic Council of Ireland has said it will await the

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conclusion of eight judge led enquire in the Republic before

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commenting. Paddy Barnes has turned professional and hopes to have a

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fight in Belfast before Christmas. Pat Hickey is still in a real,

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living in this apartment block. He says he is completely innocent and

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will vigorously defend his good name and character. He says he has

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received support from thousands of people across Ireland. And he could

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be here for summertime. The judge has taken his passport, he is under

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curfew and asked to attend court on the 20th of each month. One thing is

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certain, Pat Hickey's current circumstances are a long way from

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the prestigious life he was leading before the Rio Olympics.

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