From Inside the Games

Patrick Hickey has resigned as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board with “immediate effect”, it has been announced today.

The Irishman is currently self-suspended from all IOC positions as he seeks to clear his name on charges of theft, tax evasion, money-laundering and criminal association following his arrest in Brazil last year.

Hickey had been a member of the IOC Executive Board since 2012 having been elected as a representative of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), where he is the senior vice-president.

The 72-year-old has not resigned permanently as an ordinary IOC member, however.

“Mr Patrick Hickey has informed the IOC of his resignation as a member of the IOC Executive Board ‘with immediate effect’,” a spokesperson told insidethegames.

“Mr Hickey had been elected by the IOC Session with a view to representing the interests of the National Olympic Committees.

“This now vacant post will be filled by election during the forthcoming IOC Session in Lima.”

Hickey is not attending next week’s IOC Session as he prepares for his trial in Rio de Janeiro on November 29.

insidethegames understands that Hickey and IOC President Thomas Bach met on Sunday (September 3) for the first time in a year during the International Judo Federation World Championships in Budapest.

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