Pat Hickey has broken his silence over the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) ticketing scandal that made headlines during and after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Speaking to Paul Williams of Newstalk, Mr. Hickey says that:
"I have been treated as if I am a world-class criminal mastermind but I have never come to the attention of the police ever before in my life."
As the anniversary of Hickey's arrest from his hotel room in Rio de Janeiro dawns ever closer, wants to clear his "good name" of any wrongdoing.
"This has been hugely traumatic for me, my wife, my children, and my friends. Here I am at 72 years of age being forced to fight for my good name."
Police were investigating the alleged illegal sales of tickets for the 31st Olympiad in Brazil last year, and Hickey spent 12 nights in Bangu prison which was constantly surrounded by the world's media.
His trial is ongoing but the former OCI President wanted to challenge claims that the issues that arose from his time at the Rio Games has nothing to do with the €1.5 million that the OCI has lost since the charade began.
"The impression has been given that I was the cause of a spend of €1.5 million by the OCI. I can categorically tell you that is not the case because I have been able to check my figures."
"I am totally innocent of all these charges and I will be proven innocent."