Olympic Council of Ireland to meet in Dublin as Patrick Hickey shares a Rio de Janeiro prison cell with Kevin Mallon

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Pat Hickey
Pat Hickey

The board of the Olympic Council of Ireland is due to meet in Dublin later today as it emerged that Patrick Hickey is sharing a Rio de Janeiro prison cell with Kevin Mallon.

Both men are waiting to see if they are formally charged in the Olympic Games ticket-touting controversy.

The meeting will be chaired by the OCI's Acting President Willie O'Brien, who took over after Pat Hickey temporarily stepped aside following his arrest on Wednesday.

The meeting will be attended by 11 of the 12 board members of the Olympic Council of Ireland, including former Olympian Sonia O'Sullivan, FAI Chief Executive John Delaney, and Head of Swim Ireland Sarah Keane.

The OCI said a meeting had not taken place yet, because the organization was awaiting the return of some board members from Rio.

It is expected a statement will be released following discussions.

The OCI has pledged to co-operate fully with the forthcoming State inquiry into the controversy.

The inquiry, which is expected to last three months, will be chaired by a retired judge and its terms of reference are expected to be outlined in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Pat Hickey remains in custody in Bangu Prison in Rio de Janeiro alongside Kevin Hickey, the director of THG, who is also caught up in the ticketing investigation.

The Dublin finance director of British company THG, Mr Mallon was arrested in the city on August 5th in possession of 823 Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) tickets.

 International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bachhas said Mr Hickey has not yet been heard by a judge and should be presumed innocent.