Patrick Hickey granted bail loan from ANOC to return to Ireland

December 2, 2016

The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) has agreed to temporarily loan Patrick Hickey’s bail for him to return to Ireland for medical reasons, on “humanitarian grounds”.

The statement issued by ANOC read:

“The decision was unanimously approved by ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah and all ANOC Vice-Presidents via a postal vote on 20 November 2016.

The payment was made as 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. 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.”

71-year-old Hickey, has remained in Brazil after being arrested on suspicion of alleged illegal ticket touting – a charge dating back to the summer’s Olympics in Rio.

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