London 2012 - Ukraine official resigns over ticket scandal

Mon, 28 May 11:49:00 2012

A top official from Ukraine's National Olympic Committee has resigned over allegations he offered to sell thousands of pounds worth of tickets for the London Games on the black market.

Ukrainian National Olympic Committee General Secretary Volodymyr Gerashchenko speaks during a meeting in Kiev in this December - 0

The committee said in a statement on its website that Volodymyr Gerashchenko, the general secretary and second highest-ranking official on the 149-member body, stepped down after an emergency meeting last Friday.

It added that an investigating panel had been set up to probe the allegations, which stem from a BBC report which said that Gerashchenko had offered to sell up to 100 tickets for the July 27-August 12 Games to a reporter posing as a buyer.

"After the meeting of the executive committee, the general secretary resigned. At the same time. V. Gerashchenko gave an assurance that he would cooperate fully with the investigation," the statement said.

"Ukraine's NOC will do everything it can to clarify all aspects of the affair."

Gerashchenko, 56, who has been in his post since 1997, was temporarily suspended from his role on May 22 when news of the scandal broke during Olympic meetings in Quebec City.

The Ukraine Olympic Committee was allotted 2,900 tickets for distribution to various officials and groups.

It said that Gerashchenko's functions as general secretary required him to go to London to ensure the accreditation there of Ukraine's athletes and official delegation.

The affair casts a shadow over the former Soviet republic's international image as it prepares to co-host the European football championship with Poland next month.

Reuters

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  1. after watching the prog about footie hooligans,i find­ it amazing that uefa ever awarded the euro footie­ tournament to this dispicable country,full of hooligans­ and nazi sympathisers.

    From ROY, on Tue 29 May 18:40
  2. Just one of many...

    From Jonathan, on Tue 29 May 16:59
  3. Is anybody suprised at this,for anyone who has never­ been to the Ukraine,do not it is riven with­ corruption,the Neo Nazis are in the ascendancy,the­ police are a disaster.Look at the PANORAMA report on a­ local football match,this country is a basket case so­ it is no suprise that an olympic official is on the­ swindle in the UKRAINE IT IS AWAY OF LIFE AT ALL­ LEVELS.Be warned England supporters you could find­ yourselves in very serious trouble if you go there.

    From TROOPER, on Tue 29 May 13:30
  4. Ehmmm ! is this a story worth reporting?, have you seen­ the goings on in their parliament?, have you seen the­ type that get voted into office?, criminals, just the­ same as ours. but we have polite criminals.

    From john sloop b, on Mon 28 May 19:24
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