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Patrick Hickey still counting the cost of Rio 2016 dawn arrest that has come to look like a stunt

Patrick Hickey still counting the cost of Rio 2016 dawn arrest that has come to look like a stunt

Four years ago tomorrow (August 17), at 6am, a bemused 71-year-old man was woken by a knock on the door of his room in Rio de Janeiro’s Windsor Marapendi Hotel, where he was staying during the 2016 Olympic Games. Upon opening that door he was confronted by a uniformed policeman. Alongside his early morning visitor, amidst a dazzle of lights, were television cameras and journalists documenting what, it soon transpired, was his arrest.