>> Brazilian police entering the official Olympic hotel in Rio de Janeiro on the early hours of Wednesday. They're looking for Patrick Hickey, a senior member of the IOC executive board, in relation to a ticketing scandal related to this year's summer games. Hickey's wife opening the door to their hotel room, letting the police in.
The 71 year old Irishman has now been arrested and is facing accusations of scalping Olympic tickets for personal profit. Reuters' Carlos Grossman has covered seven Olympics and says even with all the scandals the IOC has gone though, this one is a first.>> Well, he has been arrested.
And he's been accused of being involved in the sale of 1,000 tickets that were destined for the Olympic Council of Ireland, and he was arrested in relation to that ongoing investigation. Well, there's been previous arrests made from a company called THG, that allegedly had in its possession those tickets.
There are several people in police custody at the moment here in Rio, and the latest to be in police custody is Patrick Hickey, who heads the Olympic Council of Ireland since 1989. Well, you've never had an IOC member, especially so senior, being arrested during the games, not that I had remember.
Obviously, you've had IOC-related scandals in the past including the Salt Lake City bribery scandals back in the 1990s. But no, there has never been an arrest of a senior IOC member during the Olympics.>> THG is an international sports hospitality company. Last week, police arrested one of its directors and a translator, alleging they were buying tickets and reselling them at a higher price, potentially netting millions of dollars.
Four more THG officials have been arrested since. Police say the company has been running the scheme since the 2014 World Cup here in Brazil. THG have denied accusations, and Hickey has refused to comment and is currently hospitalized as a precautionary measure.