Patrick Hickey has resigned his position from IOC executive board

Vastavam web: Scandal-tainted Olympic official Patrick Hickey has resigned his position on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board with immediate effect, it was confirmed.An IOC spokesperson told AFP that the 72-year-old Irish Olympic official, who was arrested at the Rio Olympics last year in connection with a ticket scandal, had vacated his position on the IOC’s top committee.”Mr Patrick Hickey has informed the IOC of his resignation as a member of the IOC Executive Board ‘with immediate effect,'” the spokesperson said.
Hickey was detained by Brazilian police in a dramatic raid at his hotel last year wearing only a bathrobe. He was held in connection with an an illegal ticket sales scheme.Hickey, who has been allowed to return to Ireland, denies any wrongdoing but has been formally charged, along with nine others, on counts that include ticket-touting (scalping), ambush marketing, theft, tax evasion, money-laundering and criminal association.”He also reiterated his innocence in respect of all charges and confirmed that he hopes to exercise his functions as an IOC member in the future,” the spokesperson added.
Hickey had already suspended himself from all other IOC functions.”However, the IOC reiterates that the presumption of innocence prevails,” the spokesperson added.