The ticket touting scandal involving the OCI has deepened today, with news of Brazilian police raids in the offices occupied by the organization in Rio.
It is understood that passports, documentation, and electronic devices have been seized.
Former OCI boss Pat Hickey remains in a notoriously dangerous Brazilian jail, pending further investigations. He has denied any wrongdoing, but faces charges of ticket touting, running a cartel and illicit marketing.
A statement released by the OCI here at home read: “Early this morning in Rio, Brazilian police arrived at the OCI offices in the Olympic village and at OCI accommodation outside of the village.”
“They were met by OCI personnel. No arrests were made. “The police took possession of their passports along with their phones and laptops.
“The OCI personnel were asked to present for questioning at a local police station on Tuesday (August 23) next. They agreed to do so.
“The OCI had an allocation of unused official tickets in their offices which had been made available for athletes’ families and friends. The police also took possession of these tickets.”