January 26, 2023

Pat Hickey: Former Irish Olympic president resigns from IOC after six-year suspension

Pat Hickey
Pat Hickey was arrested by Brazilian law enforcement for the duration of the 2016 Olympic Games

Irishman Pat Hickey has resigned from the Global Olympic Committee (IOC) extra than 6 decades soon after he suspended himself subsequent his arrest for the duration of the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

The 77-calendar year-outdated, an IOC member considering that 1995, voluntarily stood down from all his athletics administration roles following getting arrested on alleged ticket touting fees through the Game titles.

Hickey, who served as President of the Olympic Council of Ireland from 1989 right up until he was formally replaced in 2017, has resigned on professional medical grounds.

The information was uncovered on the initially working day of an IOC Govt Board conference.

Soon after remaining arrested by Brazilian law enforcement during the Game titles, Hickey was produced on bail right after the Affiliation of Nationwide Olympic Committees loaned him the revenue to let him to return to Ireland in December 2016.

Some of the rates against him were being dropped in Oct 2021 due to the “extinction of punishability”. The situation is continue to to be heard relating to the remaining expenses.

In 2017, Hickey stepped down from the IOC’s govt board and he has maintained he is innocent of all expenses.

“In accordance with Rule 16.3.1 of the Olympic Charter, the IOC EB accepted the resignation of Mr Hickey for health and fitness motives pursuing the tips of his doctors,” an IOC assertion read through.

“The IOC EB would like to thank Mr Hickey for all the providers to the Olympic Movement over lots of several years, and needs him all the really greatest for his health and fitness and his personal life.”