Olympic Council of Ireland Statement – 19 August 2016 18.25 (Dublin Time)

August 19, 2016

The Board of the Olympic Council of Ireland regrets that recent events in Brazil have overshadowed the many great performances of Team Ireland at the Rio Olympic Games. With 11 top 10 finishes at this stage this has been one of the most successful performances at an Olympic Games by an Irish team.

The Board is taking the recent events in Rio very seriously and wishes to state the following:

• A top priority of the Board is supporting the current Irish athletes and teams in Brazil.

• The Board has no further comment on the charges against Mr Hickey who is receiving his own legal advice and is entitled to natural justice and due process.

• Independent legal advisors Arthur Cox have been appointed to advise the board of the OCI.

• As referenced in a statement earlier the Board will co-operate fully with a State inquiry and it will now appoint an external independent firm to carry out a review.

The Board has not had an opportunity to meet in person to discuss events in Rio due to the ongoing Games, however, it will meet this weekend and a further statement will be issued in due course.

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For further information please contact Aileen Gaskin 00 353 87 7724 717 or Olive Stephens 00 353 85 85356 47

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