Two Irish Olympic executives have told Rio police that the head of their national committee, who has been arrested in a Summer Games ticket-scalping probe, was in sole charge of ticketing matters, a chief investigator said Thursday.
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The man named to head Ireland's Olympic committee after its president was arrested in a ticket-scalping case during the Rio Games is also suspected of participating in the scheme but left Brazil before he could be questioned, police said Tuesday.
Brazilians were steamed when Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte told a tale of armed robbery and a gun pointed at his head during at night on the town in Rio de Janeiro, but the head of Brazil's tourism board said Tuesday there was no lasting damage to Brazil's image.