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Olympic tickets inquiry calls on affected fans to come forward

Published 11/11/2016

Sports Minister Shane Ross set up an inquiry into the Olympics ticketing scandal in Rio
Sports Minister Shane Ross set up an inquiry into the Olympics ticketing scandal in Rio

A judge-led inquiry into the Olympics ticketing scandal in Rio has appealed for affected fans to come forward with evidence.

The independent investigation is also probing ticket sales for the London 2012 games, the 2014 winter games in Sochi and any other previous games that come under suspicion.

High Court Judge Carroll Moran heads the inquiry, set up by Sports Minister Shane Ross, which was expected to be completed by the end of this month.

Judge Moran has appealed for members of the public to get in contact about their experiences in applying for tickets for the Olympic Games this year.

In a statement, his inquiry said people could write to him with supporting evidence up until November 30 through email or regular post.

"Any such submission should be accompanied by all emails, correspondence and other relevant documents," it said.

Emails should be sent to info@moraninquiry.ie while the postal address is: Moran Inquiry c/o The Property Registration Authority, The Four Courts, Dublin 7 D07 T652.

While the inquiry is non-statutory - meaning Judge Moran cannot compel witnesses to give testimony - he can recommend a full state investigation is launched.

Under its terms of reference, it is investigating "the receipt, distribution and sale of tickets" allocated by the International Olympic Committee and how the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) dealt with those tickets.

This includes "any resale of any tickets as part of hospitality packages''.

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