From Inside the Games

Patrick Hickey is due to be questioned again by Brazilian police tomorrow as part of the investigation into an alleged ticketing scandal involving Ireland at last month’s Olympic Games here.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board member and European Olympic Committees (EOC) and Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) President was released from the maximum-security Bangu Prison last Tuesday (August 30).

Hickey, who has stepped down from all of his sporting roles on a temporary basis, is facing charges of facilitating ticket touting, forming a cartel and illicit marketing.

He was sharing a prison cell with Kevin Mallon, the director of THG Sports, one of two agencies at the centre of the controversy over allegations of illegal ticket sales at Rio 2016.

Mallon met with civil police investigators this evening in Rio de Janeiro having been released from Bangu on bail late last month following a Supreme Court ruling in Brasília.

Officer Aloysio Falcao said the Irishman was asked to attend police headquarters in Jacaré to answer “new questions” that have arisen in their ongoing investigation, reports.

Once the prosecutor has decided what charges, if any, Hickey should answer to, the file containing allegations against the 71-year-old will be handed to a local judge, who must choose whether or not to accept or reject them.

Mallon’s team are awaiting confirmation on whether the responsible judge will accept or reject charges.

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