Olympic Council of Ireland President Pat Hickey 'arrested in Rio'
Reports emerging from Rio this morning suggest that OCI President Pat Hickey has been arrested in Brazil.
The news was broken by Brazilian journalist Jamil Chade:
Urgent: ioc member arrested in rio. Pat Hickey— Jamil Chade (@JamilChade) August 17, 2016
Polícia do Rio prende um dos membros mais influentes do COI, Pat Hickey, por cambismo. Operação ocorreu nesta manhã no Rio.— Jamil Chade (@JamilChade) August 17, 2016
According to @jamilchade, who's highly respected, Pat Hickey has been arrested in Rio. Another quiet day...— Kieran Copacabana (@KCsixtyseven) August 17, 2016
Big story breaking in Rio - Ireland's IOC member Pat Hickey arrested https://t.co/wxLqHATbMz— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) August 17, 2016
Pat Hickey has been arrested in Rio according to Brazilian media https://t.co/jHTFnFKenG— Alan Smith (@alansmith90) August 17, 2016
Awaiting official confirmation that Pat Hickey has been arrested in Rio. Multiple reports online but confirmation required.— Matt Cooper (@cooper_m) August 17, 2016
The arrest is yet to be officially confirmed but this is another potential Olympic scandal that Ireland could do without.
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