Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hickey Out of Hospital

Latest statement from Olympic Council of Ireland:
"The Olympic Council of Ireland can confirm that Pat Hickey has been discharged from hospital and has been accompanied to a police station to complete a deposition."

Note: The case seems to be that the Pro10 company, the current authorised Irish ticket re-seller, based in Lucan, was a front for THC, the authorised Irish ticket re-seller for London 2012 and Sochi 2014, which was not authorised to sell tickets for Rio, and instead began selling "hospitality packages" which included Olympic tickets.  Of the 1,000 tickets seized in Rio, 781 came from the OCI's allocation for members and the families of selected athletes. Quite how this happened - especially when family members resorted to buying their own tickets directly when they failed to make any progress with Pro10 - is the nub of the matter.
Hickey is accused of ticket touting, forming a cartel/conspiracy to defraud, and ambush marketing.
*A quick check of the Companies Office register reveals that Pro10 was registered on 20 May 2015, just 15 months before the Rio Games. The application was received on 12 May 2015.

1 comment:

Liam Treacy said...

I stood outside the "office in Lucan" while on the phone to their office. The girl I spoke to told me they didn't actually have an office there. There have been several statements in recent days referring to the "office in Lucan"