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Pat Hickey taken from Rio hospital in a wheelchair

Hickey has had cardiac issues in the past and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Pat Hickey is escorted from hospital Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

PRESIDENT OF THE Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) Pat Hickey has been taken from a Rio Hospital in a wheelchair.

Hickey was placed under armed guard in the Hospital Samaritano in Rio yesterday after complaining of chest pains following his arrest.

Hickey has had cardiac issues in the past and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Hickey is facing three charges after his arrest by Brazilian fraud police investigating ticket touting.

He has temporarily stood aside from his role, the OCI said in a statement last night.

It is expected that he will be taken into police custody this evening, to be questioned in connection with the charges.

The interim head of the OCI, William O’Brien said officials had been granted “restricted access” to Hickey overnight.

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Read: What happened when? A timeline of Ireland’s Olympic ticketing scandal

Read: Making headlines: How the world reacted to the arrest of Ireland’s Pat Hickey

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