IOC: ‘No evidence’ of bribery for 2016, ’20 Games

first_imgLAUSANNE, 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.last_img read more


first_imgMAYO manager James Horan has launched a scathing attack on former Derry star and TV pundit Joe Brolly.Horan said he didn’t want to take away from Donegal’s All-Ireland success but said Brolly’s claims that Mayo played a cynical fouling game were way off the mark.“Joe Brolly was very selective in his commentary on Mayo and in my opinion it was biased and I think he should have been checked by RTÉ.I think his comments were targeted against Mayo,” said Horan after a reserve county side lost by a point to Leitrim. “If you take any of the quarter-final games last year, I’d challenge Joe to go back and look at some of those and look at what the foul count was.“So what was his motivation for just selecting Mayo?“It’s nothing to do with Donegal and the All-Ireland victory. They were fantastic and absolutely deserved their victory. I’d just like to know what his motivation was for selecting one team and one team only when there were other games with a lot more foul count.”He said he was concerned at the timing of the comments on radio just a few days before September’s final adding: “The timing of it… I know we’re on about strategic this, that and the other but who’s to say the timing of those articles weren’t strategic. “But look we’re here today in Leitrim and they deserved their victory and taught us a few lessons. So we’ll take them and move on.” MAYO BOSS IN SCATHING ATTACK ON JOE BROLLY OVER COMMENTS BEFORE DONEGAL’S ALL-IRELAND WIN was last modified: January 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MAYO BOSS IN SCATHING ATTACK ON JOE BROLLY OVER COMMENTS BEFORE DONEGAL’S ALL-IRELAND WINlast_img read more