"It's calling the existence of the IOC into question": Andrew Jennings on Rio ticket investigation

Off The Ball speak to Jennings in the wake of Pat Hickey's arrest in Rio today

"It's calling the existence of the IOC into question": Andrew Jennings on Rio ticket investigation

Olympic Council of Ireland former President Pat Hickey's passport and accreditation on show during today's Police press conference. Image: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Earlier today a significant development in the Olympic ticketing investigation led to the arrest of Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey.

Speaking on tonight's special edition of Off The Ball, Andrew Jennings shed some light on the background to the case in relation to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), its relevance to the arrest and the role the police have played in making the arrest.

"They've had two major events [World Cup and Rio Olympics] there over two over the last two years and to be fair the police have worked on improving their game," he said. "It's not just the athletes, the police have been working on it and now they've got a really sophisticated group of policemen who have invited Mr.Hickey to shed his bathrobe and go with them."

Jennings called into question the 'per diems' that officials receive, claiming the money is an unnecessary expenditure.

"Brazil isn't expensive, but they do choose to place themselves in the most expensive [place]. But just keep in mind, what do IOC members have to buy? Their meals are free, their transport to the hosts are free city is free. Unless they smoke, and they really shouldn't do, they don't have anything to buy at all." 

When questioned about their regulation and whether or not they follow laws and rules in cities they hold events in or whether they sty within the confines of regulation where they are based he responded:

"Well they're based in Switzerland and don't do very much in Switzerland except make sure that the local politicians are happy. They mistook that, they didn't understand and they thought Brazil was pushover territory and it wasn't.

"I know Brazilian police have been working for some time now, to make sure they knew exactly what they were doing and exactly what to look for. 

"It's calling the existence of the IOC into question and that is a good thing."