Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

IOC apologises after British member sent home from 2018 Winter Olympics

IOC apologises after British member sent home from 2018 Winter Olympics

The IOC headquarters is pictured on the day of a meeting on sanctions for Russian athletes.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday denied double standards in the expulsion of the most vocal critic in the Russian doping affair from the Pyeongchang Olympics, saying British IOC member Adam Pengilly had admitted his guilt.

Pengilly was the only International Olympic Committee member to vote against his organisation's decision in 2016 not to issue a blanket ban on Russians for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics over the extensive doping scandal.

The organizers called for measures against Adam Pengilly, a member of the IOC Athletes' Commission, who injured a security guard at a parking lot near the Main Press Centre in PyeongChang.

"Because this involved a volunteer at security during the Games, it's obviously very important for the operation of the Games for it to happen".

Pengilly competed at the Olympics in skeleton for Britain in 2006 and 2010.

Pengilly was persuaded to leave Pyeongchang and return home today after apologising for what he claims was a verbal exchange while attempting to enter the transport mall in Alpensia here yesterday morning.

Adams said he could not comment if the IOC Ethics and Compliance officer confirmed reports of a physical altercation.

"I'm sorry for running past you when you asked me to stop, I did not know you fell over trying to chase me and hope that you are fine", Pengilly wrote, as quoted by a journalist in the briefing.

After the guard attempted to block him politely, Pengilly became aggressive and used "insults and threats", the source said. I in any case didn't beat him, although on the video it looks different. During the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Patrick Hickey - IOC member in Ireland - was arrested on ticket touting charges and jailed for a number of days.

"At no point did I touch him and, although I have been told that footage makes it look as if I pushed him, this was not the case and, if anything, he was coming towards me", Mr Pengilly said. This was my mistake and my error and I am sorry - I should have turned around and I also apologise for swearing.

"We expect members not to behave in this way and it was poor behavior".

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