Hickey resigns from International Olympic Committee board before Rio trial

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo poses with Paris 2014 Bid Co Chair Tony Estanguet during a press conference in Lima

Hickey resigns from International Olympic Committee board before Rio trial

The IOC released a statement during its executive board meeting Monday, saying its ethics commission is following up on allegations against Carlos Nuzman, who led the organizing committee for the Rio Games. He still maintains his innocence in relation to the scandal.

Hickey temporarily stepped aside from Olympic work after Brazilian authorities arrested him at the IOC's hotel in Rio.

Pat Hickey, the former chief of the Irish Olympic Council has officially resigned his post.


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Hickey "emphasized that he wants to protect the IOC", the Olympic body says citing his resignation letter. He was held in connection with an an illegal ticket sales scheme.

"He reiterated his innocence in respect of all charges and confirmed that he hopes to exercise his functions as an International Olympic Committee member in the future", the spokesperson added.

Mr. Hickey's reputation became tarnished beyond fix after his involvement in a ticket-touting scandal that brought national shame to Irish athletes.

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"Patrick Hickey has informed the IOC of his resignation as a member of the IOC Executive Board with immediate effect", an IOC spokesperson said in a statement ahead of its session in Lima this week.

After being arrested at the Rio Games 13 month ago, Hickey spent nearly two weeks in a Rio prison before being formally charged by a Brazilian judge.

The OCI said that it accepted all the report's findings, which included criticism of previous Games ticket arrangements.

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