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Testimony by IOC president in House Olympics probe uncertain

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Olympic scandal

Samaranch could be subpoenaed, congressman says

September 23, 1999
Web posted at: 1:38 a.m. EDT (0538 GMT)

From Correspondent Aram Roston

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The International Olympic Committee will "wait and see" before deciding whether Juan Antonio Samaranch, the president, will testify before Congress, a top IOC official says.

"As far as I know he has not received an invitation," Richard Pound, the IOC Vice President, said by telephone. "I think what you do is wait and see if he's invited."

On Tuesday, Congressman Fred Upton (R-Michigan), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, threatened to subpoena Samaranch if he did not come voluntarily to hearings looking into Olympics corruption scheduled for mid-October.


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Pound did not rule out testimony. "There may be ways in which the IOC can cooperate with what the committee is looking for," he said.

Last week, former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell, attorney for the group that organized the 1996 summer Atlanta Olympics, released a report to Congress admitting that there were rule violations, and excesses in the Atlanta bid for the games.

He blamed that on the culture of the IOC -- what Upton has called a "culture of corruption."

Pound said the changes made by the IOC since the scandal broke last year over the bidding process for the year 2000 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City are being ignored by critics.

"It's as if whoever is making those comments doesn't seem to be aware of the massive reforms the IOC has undertaken in this area," Pound said.

He said those reforms included expelling some IOC members and creating a new ethics commission.



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