The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) has agreed to loan money to former Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) president Pat Hickey to pay his bail, after he was arrested in Brazil during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on suspicion of illegal ticket touting.
Hickey, who denies all allegations against him, was released two weeks after his arrest but has been confined to Brazil after his passport was retained. The Brazilian judicial system had said that Hickey would be returned his passport and permitted to leave upon payment of a €410,000 (US$436,000) bond.
The OCI has previously ruled out paying Hickey’s bail money, but the ANOC has confirmed it will make the temporary loan on humanitarian grounds after a unanimous decision by ANOC president Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah and all ANOC vice presidents.
‘The payment made was a temporary loan so that Patrick Hickey could meet his bail requirements and return to Ireland where he can receive medical treatment for a heart condition,’ read an ANOC statement.
‘The terms of the temporary loan make it clear that it must be repaid to ANOC in full. For legal reasons, all other terms and conditions surrounding this bail payment will remain confidential.’