UPDATE: OCI chief Pat Hickey hospitalised after arrest in Brazil

NewsBy Alan Sherry
Pat Hickey
Pat Hickey
Pat Hickey
Pat Hickey

Ireland Olympic Committee president Pat Hickey has hospitalised shortly after being arrested in connection with the ticket scandal in Rio.

The sensational arrest took place at the hotel where Hickey is staying in Barra da Tijuca today.

It is understood Hickey fell ill shortly after being arrested and has been taken to hospital.

It is believed police will question him after he is released from hospital. 

Earlier this week Hickey had refused to provide sports minister Shane Ross with any details about the ticket scandal which began when Dublin man Kevin James Mallon was arrested for allegedly touting tickets linked to the Irish Olympic Committee in Rio last Friday week.

Mallon works for British company THG which is run by London businessman Marcus Evans.

Hickey’s son Stephen previously worked for the firm.

Pro 10 were awarded the contract to sell tickets on behalf of the Irish Olympic Committee but claimed THG were in Rio passing on the tickets to customers without payment as a favour to them.

It is unclear why the IOC awarded the contract to Pro 10 when they weren’t even sending a representative to Rio.

Brazilian police have also issued an arrest warrant for another Irishman David Gilmore who is a director of THG and has an address in Drumcondra in Dublin.

Fine Gael TD Noel Rock described today’s arrest as a “dark day for Irish sport”.