LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP): The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has seen “no evidence” so far to support allegations of possible bribery in the bidding for the 2016 and 2020 Games, an IOC spokesman said yesterday. The IOC said it has applied to be a party to the investigation by French authorities into corruption in track and field that could spread to possible bribery in Olympic bidding. The IOC said it was in “close contact” with French prosecutors, who have been investigating bribery and money-laundering involving doping cover-ups at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The Guardian newspaper reported yesterday that the prosecutors have widened the probe to include the bidding for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, which were awarded to Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. “The IOC has been in close contact with the French prosecutors since the beginning of this investigation last year,” the Olympic body said in a statement. “The IOC’s chief ethics and compliance officer had already asked for the IOC to be fully informed in a timely manner of all issues that may refer to Olympic matters and has already applied to become a party to the investigations led by the French judicial authorities.” IOC spokesman Mark Adams, speaking to reporters, said no proof of any Olympic wrongdoing had been uncovered to date. “At the moment, there is no evidence,” he said. “We have the structure in place. We have an independent ethics commission. But so far there is no evidence. When we get evidence, we have shown we will act on it. “It is any easy thing to talk about, but no one has any evidence,” Adams added. “There is nothing that has been put forward to us. At the moment, there is nothing to act on.” The Guardian reported in January that it had seen leaked e-mails linking the son of former IAAF President Lamine Diack to alleged “parcels” to be delivered to six IOC members during the bidding for the 2016 Games. The British newspaper said the e-mails were sent by Papa Massata Diack to a Qatari business executive in May 2008. The Qatari capital, Doha, was bidding for the 2016 Olympics at the time. The Guardian said the email suggested that six people, referred to by their initials which corresponded with six IOC members at the time, requested “to have their parcels delivered through Special Adviser in Monaco”. The paper said the “special adviser” was believed to be Lamine Diack, who was then an IOC member. The Guardian said it wasn’t known whether any “parcels” were sent. In any case, a month after the email was sent, Doha failed to make the list of finalists in the 2016 bidding. Papa Massata Diack was banned for life by the IAAF ethics commission in January for corruption and cover-up allegations linked to Russian doping. He has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Papa Massata Diack is also wanted for questioning by prosecutors in France. Interpol has issued a wanted notice for him to face corruption charges in France. The elder Diack, who headed the IAAF for 16 years until he stepped down in August, is accused by French prosecutors of pocketing more than 1 million euros ($1.1 million) from bribes in exchange for covering up doping cases, mainly involving Russian athletes. Lamine Diack resigned as an honorary IOC member in November, a day after he was provisionally suspended by the IOC executive board. He served as a full IOC member for 15 years until 2014.
Express registered their second League of victory of the year. (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Express FC 2-1 Kirinya JSS Betway Mutessa II Stadium, Wankulukuku Wednesday, 24-04-2019WANKULUKUKU – Express FC registered their second home League victory of the year as they defeated Kirinya JSS 2-1 at Wankulukuku.Veteran striker Brian Umony and Arthur Kiggundu struck in either half for the Red Eagles while substitute Jeromy Kirya scored Kirinya’s goal on Wednesday afternoon.The game started slowly with either side struggling to create chances in the first 20 minutes.The first chance of the afternoon fell to Kirinya striker Dan Sewava but his effort was expertly pushed out for a corner by Express custodian Matthias Muwanga.On the half hour mark, Disan Galiwango got the better of Allan Drague to set up Brian Umony who headed home the opener.Kirinya who are usually ineffective away from home saw the first half end without troubling Express.Unlike the first, Express started the second half on the offensive and had a Michael Birungi brilliant cross put out by Isaac Isinde, for a corner inside the opening two minutes.At the other end, Sewava tested Muwanga from a free-kick but the custodian was equal to the task as he parried the effort away from dangerThe first yellow card of the game of the game was shown to Kirinya’s Ismail Kawawulo for a foul on Badru Nsubuga on 52 minutes.Express who looked suspect in set-plays were made to pay on 58 minutes as they conceded from a dead ball.Lawrence Kigonya fouled Sewava just outside the Express penalty area. Jeromy Kirya who had early replaced Nelson Mandela, stepped up and converted the resultant kick to pull Kirinya level.Barely a minute after the equalizer, Arthur Kiggundu sent a speculative cross into the Kirinya penalty area, which was fumbled by goalkeeper Sanon Mulabi before the ball crept into the net to hand the home side a second lead in the game.Kirinya pressed for an equalizer immediately and Sewava saw another shot saved and gathered on the second attempt by Muwanga.As the game drew to its close, Kirinya went all out for an equalizer but were unsuccessful in their attempts.Their best chance to get anything out of the game came in additional time as Sewava found himself in acres of space in the Express penalty area but could only find the side netting via a fierce drive.In the end, Express held on to earn a 9th victory of the season which sees them remain 11th on the standings with 36 points.For Kirinya, they remain 8th with 39 points from 28 games.The other games played on Wednesday-URA FC 0-0 Mbarara City FC-Paidha Black Angels FC 1-1 Onduparaka FC-Bul FC 1-2 Bright Stars FCComments Tags: Arthur KiggunduBrian UmonyExpress FCJeromy Kiryakirinya jssStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetop