Patrick Hickey, IOC executive, has bath interrupted by police arresting him over alleged illegal ticket sales plot

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senior international Olympic official was taken to a hospital Wednesday after police came to his hotel to arrest him as part of a probe into ticket scalping.

A police video appears to shows Patrick Hickey nude when police entered his hotel room, before returning to the bathroom to put on a robe.

International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams told The Associated Press that Ireland’s Hickey, a member of the IOC’s executive board, was now in hospital.

“The police have been here, I can confirm that, and Patrick Hickey has gone to (a) hospital,” Adams said. “When we know some facts, when police give us some facts, we’ll let you know.”

Hickey is accused of plotting with at least six others to illegally sell tickets for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Rio police said.

Tickets of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games seized to one of the directors of THG Sports
Tickets of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games seized CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES

“Continuing our investigation, civil police discovered the involvement of Patrick in the international scheme of ticket scalping,” the Rio police fraud unit said.

Rio de Janeiro authorities issued a warrant for the International Olympic Committee executive accused of scalping tickets for the Summer Games as part of a wider probe of tickets allocated to Ireland that were being sold for higher fees.

Police said Wednesday that Patrick Hickey is accused of plotting with at least six others to illegally sell tickets for the Olympics. Hickey, 71, is president of the Olympic Council of Ireland as well as president of the European Olympic Committees, and has been been part of the IOC executive board since 2012.

“Continuing our investigation, civil police discovered the involvement of Patrick in the international scheme of ticket scalping,” the Rio police fraud unit said in a statement.

An Irish executive was arrested last week in the same investigation and four other executives are wanted in the probe.

Agents have seized more than 1,000 tickets that were being sold for high fees and allocated to the Olympic Council of Ireland. The company suspected is British hospitality provider THG Sports.

Patrick Hickey

DD, one of the heads of THG Sports, was arrested at the start of the Rio Games along with an employee who was working as an interpreter. Police say Mallon had fake tickets.

After those arrests, the Olympic Council of Ireland said it would investigate why some of its tickets were in their possession. The OCI name was visible on tickets displayed by police, but the Irish said they had “no knowledge” of the two men arrested.

“The OCI strictly adheres to the IOC regulations around ticket allocation, sale and re-sale. We are treating this matter with the utmost seriousness,” the council said at the time.

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