The Olympic Council of Ireland and THG, the agency at the center of the Rio ticketing scandal, "agreed to terminate contracts," according to the IRISH INDEPENDENT. The OCI was "tied into contracts" with THG until '26 after the firm struck a deal with former OCI President Pat Hickey in Jan '16. But following mediation carried out by former Supreme Court of Ireland Judge Joseph Finnegan, those contracts have "been terminated." A statement from the OCI read, "OCI accepts that these contracts were enforceable as between the parties and that THG fully intended performing its contractual obligations. Both parties agreed that with THG reducing its business activities in Ireland that this would be the most appropriate course of action in the interests of Irish athletes and the wider Irish public" (IRISH INDEPENDENT, 10/17). RTÉ reported a spokesperson for the OCI said that the terms of the agreement to terminate the contracts are confidential. The spokesperson "would not be drawn" on whether or not THG was financially compensated for the termination of the contracts. A report into alleged ticket touting at the 2016 Rio Olympics found that the seller appointed by the OCI "was not genuine and provided an inadequate and chaotic service" (RTÉ, 10/17). In Dublin, Elaine Edwards reported Hickey stepped aside last year after the "best part of three decades leading the OCI following his arrest as part of a Brazilian inquiry into the handling of tickets for the Rio Olympics." He denied any wrongdoing. THG was not "granted permission" to serve as Ireland's authorized ticket reseller for the Rio Games and the organizers of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games "also rejected the idea of THG taking the role" (IRISH TIMES, 10/17).
The IOC on Tuesday said that it was "disappointed by the referendum defeat of Innsbruck's plan to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics," with some in the movement saying that another dual Games award "could be on the cards." Bids from Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Japan, Canada and the U.S. are "still likely" for '26, with the candidacy process to start in '18 and a decision to be taken in '19 (REUTERS, 10/17).
Toyota Motor Kazakhstan and the National Paralympic Committee of Kazakhstan signed a partnership agreement in which Toyota will promote Para sport and its values in the country. Toyota will take an active part in large-scale information projects on the development of the Paralympic movement and help share the stories of Para athletes (IPC).
South Korea President Moon Jae-in "promised all-out efforts" Tuesday to help make the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games and Paralympics a success. His remarks came in a meeting with IPC President Andrew Parsons at presidential office Cheong Wa Dae. Moon: "If there is anything that needs to be improved, our government will address the issues to successfully host next year's PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics" (YONHAP, 10/17).
The IOC launched a new approach to the candidature process for the 2026 Winter Games. In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the new candidature process is based on increased flexibility and an in-depth dialogue with the IOC and the Olympic Movement. It has been reformed and redesigned to enable cities and National Olympic Committees to have even more sustainable, feasible and cost-effective Olympic Winter Games, and to align with their local, regional and national long-term development goals (IOC).