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IOC Reviewing Ticketing Process for Rio 2016 After FIFA World Cup Scandal

Thursday, July 17, 2014   (0 Comments)
Inside the Games (07/10/14) Butler, Nick

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach says the committee is reviewing the ticketing process for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games to prevent a scandal like the one surrounding the FIFA World Cup. Brazilian law enforcement is continuing to probe difficulties during the World Cup following the arrest of Match Hospitality CEO Ray Whelan, a key figure in the company managing FIFA's hospitality program in Brazil. Police have held raids in Rio as well as Sao Paulo, leading to the arrest of 11 people allegedly connected to the scam along with the confiscation of World Cup tickets, foreign currency, passports, and mobile phones. "We have asked [IOC executive director Gilbert] Felli to coordinate with the Organizing Committee and the legal and public authorities in Brazil," Bach notes. "He will check whether we need any adaptations to our regulations according to the national legislation in Brazil." Bach says the Olympic ticketing system has improved since a scandal erupted after thousands of premium tickets for the London 2012 games were found on the black market, with officials within several National Olympic Committees implicated. Still, Bach admits the system is "under constant monitoring because it has to be adapted to the national legislation in the host country."

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