Ireland to elect new Olympic chief

Source:AFP Published: 2016/12/15 23:58:40

The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) will elect a new president to succeed Pat Hickey at an extraordinary general meeting in Dublin on February 9, the organization has announced.

Hickey, who stepped aside temporarily as OCI president after being embroiled in an alleged ticketing scam at the Rio Olympics, is due back in Ireland from Brazil after boarding a flight to London late on Wednesday. However, the veteran administrator will not be in the running for the position he has held since 1988.

"For clarity, as Pat Hickey has repeatedly advised in the past year prior to the Rio Games 2016, he would be finishing his term of office after the Games, therefore please note he will not be a candidate for president at the forthcoming elections," the OCI said.

Hickey, who has also stepped aside from his presidency of the European Olympic Committees, was detained by Brazilian authorities in August and charged with various offences relating to ticket touting.

He has consistently denied any wrongdoing. Earlier this week after four months of detention, which included a brief prison stay, a court ruled his passport could be returned on medical grounds after his lawyers lodged a 410,000 euros ($428,000) bond.

But Judge Juliana Leal de Melo from Brazil's Special Court for Supporters and Large Events warned his bail would be forfeited if he did not return for future legal proceedings.

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