Rio 2016: Ireland Official Patrick Hickey, Accused of Ticket Scalping, Is Hospitalized

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Patrick Hickey gives a press conference in Budapest, Hungary, in March 2013.TIBOR ILLYES / EPA

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By The Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO — A senior international Olympic official was hospitalized Wednesday after police in Rio arrived at his hotel to arrest him as part of a probe into ticket scalping.

Patrick Hickey gives a press conference in Budapest, Hungary, in March 2013.TIBOR ILLYES / EPA

International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams told The Associated Press that Ireland's Patrick Hickey, a member of the IOC's executive board, was in the hospital.

Hickey is accused of plotting with at least six others to illegally sell tickets for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Rio police said.

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. Wednesday (6 a.m. ET). 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.