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Published: 09:43 | 11/9/17

Hickey steps down from IOC's executive board


Ireland's former Olympic chief Pat Hickey has stepped down from his role on the International Olympic Committee's executive board.

The 72-year-old was arrested by Brazilian police during the Rio games and was held in jail after accusations he was involved in a ticket-selling scandal.

Hickey maintained his innocence throughout and was released on bail after the Association of National Olympic Committees loaned him the money so he could return to Ireland.

"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.

"In his resignation letter, Mr Hickey emphasised that he wants to protect the IOC and to ensure that the interests of the National Olympic Committees are represented on the Executive Board.

"He also reiterated his innocence in respect of all charges and confirmed that he hopes to exercise his functions as an IOC member in the future."

Hickey's seat will be filled when an election takes place in the Peruvian capital, Lima.

His trial will has been set for November in Brazil.
 

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