IOC rules out immediate sanctions in ticket probe
LONDON (AP) — The IOC will not take disciplinary action before the London Olympics against officials accused of illegal ticket sales.
The IOC opened an ethics investigation last month after Britain's Sunday Times newspaper reported that national Olympic committee officials and ticket agents in several countries were willing to offer tickets on the black market.
The paper turned its evidence over to the IOC, which is still reviewing it.
The IOC could have provisionally suspended any implicated officials or barred them from attending the games. But spokesman Mark Adams says the IOC executive board decided against that Saturday because hearings are still being held.
He says "we can't take temporary measures without giving everyone the chance to be heard."
Adams says the process will "take some time."