Volodymyr Gerashchenko, the secretary general of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee has been suspended following allegations in BBC reports that he was willing to sell 2012 tickets for cash.

Head of the National Olympic Committee Serhiy Bubka has ordered to form an independent investigative commission to check into reported abuse of office by Gerashchenko. "We must be just and must find right decision," he said.

Gerashchenko has to stop his staying in Canada, where he has been holding organizational meetings before the Olympics. On Wednesday he is coming back to Kyiv.

According to BBC reports, after receiving information that someone from Ukraine's national Olympic committee might be prepared to sell tickets, a BBC reporter posing as an unauthorized ticket dealer from the UK spoke to Gerashchenko who confirmed he would be prepared to sell tickets.

During a meeting at a hotel near the Olympic Park in east London, Mr Gerashchenko explained he was in the process of distributing tickets to Ukrainian fans, coaches and officials. However, once this process had finished, he would be prepared to sell up to 100 spare tickets.

As BBC reports, it is a criminal offence, punishable by fines of up to £20,000, to sell London 2012 tickets to touts.


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