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AFP: European Olympics chief arrested in Rio over ticket scandal
19:25, 17 August 2016
AFP: European Olympics chief arrested in Rio over ticket scandal

International Olympic Committee member Patrick Hickey arrested in Brazil

19:25, 17 August 2016

rio.2016.com

Brazilian police on Wednesday arrested top International Olympic Committee member Patrick Hickey over illegal sales of Rio Olympics tickets.

Police said in a statement that Hickey, the 71-year-old head of the European Olympic Committees as well as the Irish national committee, was detained at a luxury Rio hotel.

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According to Brazilian media, Hickey tried to escape during the operation.

The reports said he fell ill during his arrest and was taken to hospital.

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