London: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has started a probe into claims that Olympic Games officials violated regulations regarding the sale of London 2012 tickets, a news channel reported on Sunday.

The claims, voiced by a news channel, prompted the IOC to hold an emergency meeting of its executive board via conference call, referring the allegations to its independent ethics commission.
 
The news channel earlier provided evidence alleging that officials had been selling thousands of tickets illegally for up to 10 times their face value.

The IOC may now also review the Olympic ticket distribution scheme.

"The International Olympic Committee has moved quickly to deal with allegations that some National Olympic Committees (NOC) and Authorized Ticket Resellers (ATR) have broken rules relating to the sale of Olympic tickets," the IOC said.
 
"The IOC takes these allegations very seriously and has immediately taken the first steps to investigate. Should any irregularities be proven, the organisation will deal with those involved in an appropriate manner," it said in a statement.

Ukrainian National Olympic Committee Secretary General Volodymyr Gerashchenko resigned in May after a BBC reporter filmed him illegally selling London 2012 tickets.

According to the news channel, National Olympic committees have to ensure that their tickets are only sold within their own region.

(Agencies)

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