Council names experts for Rio ticketing review

The Olympic Council of Ireland has appointed forensic accounts experts to conduct a root and branch review of the Rio 2016 tickets controversy and will share any of its findings with the Government inquiry by October 10.

Council names experts for Rio ticketing review

The sporting body confirmed the move last night, saying officials from independent accountancy firm Grant Thornton will be given three weeks to uncover what is happening at the organisation.

In a statement confirming the move, the OCI said the international company will be asked to focus on the “policies, procedures, processes and practices” of both the OCI and its agents relating to the “distribution and sale” of tickets for Rio 2016.

It will also be given the right to examine any relationships between the OCI, THG, and Pro10 — including “any re-sale of any tickets as part of hospitality packages” — and to report its findings by Monday, October 10.

An OCI spokesperson said that the review will focus specifically on how and why Pro10 was awarded the ticket resale licence for Rio just months after being formed, and on “interactions” between Pro10, THG, and the OCI.

It will also examine the OCI’s current corporate governance issues and will crucially seek the input of athletes and athletes’ families who were affected by the tickets issue.

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