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Patrick Hickey, Olympic Exec, Target of Ticket Scalping Probe

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Tickets to the Rio Olympic Games seized by police. (Tasso Marcelo/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 18 Aug 2016 06:24 AM

Patrick Hickey, a senior Olympic executive, was hospitalized on Wednesday after police arrived at his hotel in Rio de Janeiro to arrest him as part of an investigation into ticket scalping.

Hickey is accused of plotting with at least six others to illegally sell tickets for the Olympic Games now in Rio, according to police, The Associated Press reported.

International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams told the AP that Hickey, a member of the IOC's executive board, was in the hospital.

The 71-year-old is president of the Olympic Council of Ireland as well as president of the European Olympic Committees, and has served on the IOC executive board since 2012.

Officials with knowledge of the situation told the AP that police came to Hickey's room at the IOC's beachfront hotel in the Barra de Tijuca area shortly after 7 a.m. local time. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the details had not yet been announced publicly.

Hickey felt unwell and was taken by police to a nearby hospital. There was no immediate word on his condition.

"We are still in the process of establishing the facts," the IOC said in a statement. The Olympic Council Ireland said it is was "seeking total clarity on the situation before we comment further."

An Irish executive was arrested last week in the same investigation and four other executives are wanted in the probe.

Agents have seized more than 1,000 tickets that were being sold for high fees and allocated to the Olympic Council of Ireland.

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