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  • New Olympic Council Of Ireland President Considering Internal Investigation

    OCI President Sarah Keane may open an investigation into the Rio ticket scandal.

    The new president of the Olympic Council of Ireland said that "she will consider continuing with an internal report into ticketing arrangements at the Rio Games," despite a legal threat from former OCI President Pat Hickey, according to Aaron Rogan of the LONDON TIMES. Sarah Keane, who was elected to the OCI last week, said that the new exec board "needed to work transparently to rebuild the trust of sporting federations." An independent investigation into the handling of tickets at the Olympics "was halted in November" after lawyers for Hickey "threatened to make an application to the High Court for an injunction preventing the completion of the report." Keane said that the matter "would be reopened at an upcoming board meeting." Hickey, who is facing charges, "has denied any wrongdoing." Keane: "The crisis committee was stood down in November but some of the issues we were dealing with are still not resolved so they will require board discussion. What decision we take I can’t say yet" (LONDON TIMES, 2/16).

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  • Olympic Notes: Russia To Sanction Athletes That Do Not Return Olympic Medals

    Russian track and field athletes have not been "giving up their medals in Olympic doping cases, and local officials have vowed to kick them off the national team until they do." The Russian track federation said Thursday that "only one medal has been returned out of 23 that must be handed back because of failed retests of samples." The Russian track federation said that athletes who do not return medals will not "have the right to compete in its sports events" and will not be "eligible for national teams or for drug-testing pools that could allow them to compete internationally as neutral athletes" (AP, 2/16).

    Members of the Japanese public lined up to donate unwanted mobile phones that "will be recycled into medals for the 2020 Olympic Games, as a project aimed at promoting sustainability was launched on Thursday." The campaign "kicked off at Tokyo's Metropolitan Government building where more than 100 people dropped the used handsets into a box that displayed the number of donations." The project is part of an "effort to save costs after the budget for the Tokyo Games ballooned" to more than 3T yen ($26.5B) at one point, though organizers have reduced that sum to $16.8B (REUTERS, 2/16).

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