London 2012 Olympics: Ukraine Suspends Official Volodymyr Gerashchenko After He Is Filmed ‘Selling’ Olympic Tickets

LONDON, England -- A top Ukrainian Olympic official has been suspended following allegations that he had offered to sell Games tickets in breach of strict rules to prevent touting.

Undercover sting: Volodymyr Gerashchenko is covertly filmed by the BBC.

The London Games Organising Committee had already launched an investigation into a report by BBC London, in which Volodymyr Gerashchenko, the secretary general of Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee, told a reporter posing as a UK tout he would have up to 100 Olympic tickets to sell.

All 204 National Olympic Committee represented at the Games have access to tickets, but countries outside the European Union are permitted to sell only to domestic residents to prevent tickets entering the black market.

It is a criminal offence, ­punishable by fines of up to £20,000 ($31,492), to sell London 2012 tickets to touts.

Gerashchenko claimed he had been “humouring” the reporter but was suspended by the Ukraine NOC last night pending an investigation.

Great Britain men’s hockey team will open their Olympic campaign against Argentina on July 30 at the Riverbank Arena.

The Argentines sparked a political storm this month with a television advert that showed defender Fernando Zylberberg training on the Falklands Islands’ Great War Memorial.

The hosts will also face South Africa, Pakistan, Australia and Spain.

The GB women’s squad begin against Japan the day before their male counterparts.

The women will also play Korea, Belgium and China before taking on world No1s Holland in their final group game.

Paul Drinkhall heads a group of six athletes selected to represent Team GB in the Olympic table tennis competition.

Drinkhall, 22, who recently returned to the world top 100, enjoyed great success at junior level, winning a silver medal at the World Junior Championships.

Source: The Telegraph