MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, November 18th 2018 - 16:29 UTC

Brazilian police want to question IOC president Bach on sale of Olympics tickets

Friday, September 9th 2016 - 20:10 UTC
Full article 2 comments
The police pointed out that IOC president Thomas Bach is being treated as a witness, not a suspect. The police pointed out that IOC president Thomas Bach is being treated as a witness, not a suspect.
Officers have found e-mails from Mr. Bach to another senior IOC official Patrick Hickey, who was arrested last month and is facing charges. Officers have found e-mails from Mr. Bach to another senior IOC official Patrick Hickey, who was arrested last month and is facing charges.

Brazilian police say they want to speak to International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach about an alleged scheme to resell tickets during last month's Rio Olympics. The police pointed out that Mr. Bach is being treated as a witness, not a suspect.

 Officers have found e-mails from Mr. Bach to another senior IOC official Patrick Hickey, who was arrested last month and is facing charges. Hickey, ex-head of the Irish Olympic Committee, denies all allegations.

Police investigators in Rio told the BBC they would like to know what Mr Bach's influence was over Olympic ticketing policy. They said the IOC president received personal requests for hundreds of high-value tickets, for the Olympics opening ceremony, the 100 meters final and the football final from Hickey.

Police say that Hickey received 296 tickets after his written request to the IOC president.

They have not, thus far, made any contact with the president's office to request a formal interview. Bach has not returned to Rio since the Olympics and missed the opening ceremony of the Paralympics at the Maracana on Wednesday.

He said would remain in Germany for the funeral of his friend Walter Scheel, the former West German foreign minister and deputy chancellor, who died last month aged 97.

IOC officials said Bach would now not travel to Brazil after the funeral because he was unable to reschedule other commitments. The Paralympics run until 18 September.

The last time an IOC president failed to attend a Paralympics was in 2010, when Jacques Rogge missed the whole of the Winter Games in Vancouver.

Categories: Politics, Brazil, International.

Top Comments

Disclaimer & comment rules
  • :o))

    http://i2.wp.com/www.humorpolitico.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/elvis-5.jpg?resize=580%2C290

    Sep 12th, 2016 - 01:10 pm 0
  • CapiTrollism_is_back!!

    @1

    You sir are another typical NORTHERN SOFT RACIST.

    Soft racism is when anything that is not from White European, “1st world” countries is treated immediately as guilty until proven innocent, and anything from White European ones as innocent until proven guilty.

    You of course are insinuating that Brazilian police and justice are at best incompetent, at worst have some ulterior agenda. Either options not related to actual administration of justice. That is your soft racism and it is not unique to you but I would say 85% of northern fiends have this mindset.

    If this investigation was carried by Scotland Yard, on the other hand, you would call it irreproachable and beyond doubt, and castigate anyone who would dare suggest otherwise.

    Of course, you are one of those that would have said the UK was completely sincere and accurate in their presentation to the UN before the Iraq War, and called anyone questioning the facts and motives as some idiot third worlder. Well the UK “royally deceived” the UN and caused hundreds of thousands of deaths in the Middle East by it's actions since 2003, actually not probably over a MILLION dead when you count Syria, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, etc, etc.

    So to find a a nation that royally deceived anyone, we don't need to go back 50 years, and it proves UK institutions are in fact the ones not to be trusted, not the Brazilian ones, who just impeached their president btw.

    Sep 12th, 2016 - 01:18 pm 0
Read all comments

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!