Ross says report into alleged Rio ticket touting has not been undermined

It is hoped the report will be published next week

Ross says report into alleged Rio ticket touting has not been undermined

Sports Minister Shane Ross speaks to the media about the upcoming Rio report | Image via @SeanDefoe on Twitter

The Sports Minister Shane Ross says he does not think the report into alleged ticket touting at the Rio Olympics has been undermined by key players not taking part.

The report has not been published, but leaked sections say a number people close to the scandal did not co-operate with the investigation.

The leaks also suggest former Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) boss Pat Hickey will be cleared of any criminal activity.

Minister Ross would not reveal much ahead of the expected publication of the report next week.

"I think you'll have to make your own judgment on that when you get the report.

"I can't really specifically answer that without really talking about the report and the details of the report.

"I don't think the report is undermined by anything - the report is the report, and I think people should make their own judgements when they get it.

"And I hope they'll get it next week".

Former OCI President Pat Hickey has said he was "absolutely humiliated" when he was arrested in Brazil last August.

Mr Hickey was detained as part of an investigation into alleged ticket touting.

He was questioned by officials and spent some time in a maximum security prison.

Mr Hickey - who has denied all charges against him - was freed from prison two weeks later and put under house arrest, before returning to Ireland in December last year.