• In this June 11, 2015 file photo, Patrick Hickey, the head of the European Olympic Committee speaks during a news conference on the eve of the opening of the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. The European Olympic Committees’ acting leader  Janez Kocijancic, Friday Oct. 21, 2016  has called for president Patrick Hickey to be allowed to leave Brazil, where he was arrested in August, because he is severely ill. Hickey,  was arrested during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on suspicion of involvement in illegal ticket sales, and is not allowed to leave the country. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

    European Olympic body: Hickey’s health deteriorating in Rio

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The acting head of Europe’s top Olympic body said Friday that its president, Patrick Hickey, should be allowed to leave Brazil and return to Ireland because his health is deteriorating and he needs an urgent heart operation.