Former Irish hurdler Derval O'Rourke has called for a full investigation into the scandal enveloping the Olympic Council of Ireland.

The RTÉ Sport pundit said she hopes there will be full investigations into the ticketing scandal that has seen OCI President Pat Hickey step aside.

Hickey was arrested in Rio de Janeiro in the early hours of Wednesday morning and faces three charges of facilitating ticket touting, formation of a cartel and ambush or illicit marketing.

The official could face up to seven years in jail if found guilty of those charges.

O'Rourke said that from her experience as an athletes are "held to the highest standards for everything and we’re very accountable, we're very answerable.

"Most athletes earn very little money, they do it for the love of the sport. The least you can expect is integrity and honesty from the people who are the gatekeepers of the sport."

The former world indoor champion added that the fact that many administrators career's are far longer than the athletes they govern makes the situation even worse.

"I find it a little disgusting to be honest because athletes come and go but certain people who have jobs as administrators stay for a very long time," she said.

She also said that "athletes deserve the highest level of treatment and professionalism from people who are running sports."