Salt Lake scandal could roll more Olympic heads
VP Pound proposes 'far-reaching' reformsFebruary 25, 1999
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- The International Olympic Committee will meet privately this weekend to determine if more members should be recommended for expulsion in the widening scandal surrounding how Salt Lake City was awarded the 2002 Winter Games.
IOC Vice President Dick Pound, the chief IOC investigator, said Thursday the executive board will gather at headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, to discuss additional allegations of ethics violations by its members, including the acceptance of cash and travel.
Those allegations stem from letters from more than 10 former bid cities and a separate investigation by the Salt Lake Organizing Committee's ethics panel.
"The standard should be the same for everyone," Pound said, meaning all IOC members.
"The commission will make its recommendations if it has enough information to go on," he told reporters during a 30- minute conference call.
Pound's six-person ad-hoc commission recommended last month expelling six members, after investigating allegations that IOC members received goods worth more than $600,000.
In that probe, the committee looked at 14 members, three of whom are still under investigation. Four have since resigned.
The separate Salt Lake report named an additional 10 IOC members who had not been investigated by the IOC. Two weeks ago, Pound said those members would be investigated as well.
At this weekend's meeting, accused members will be allowed to defend themselves. After weighing the evidence, the board will make its recommendations to the entire IOC membership.
"We are certainly proceeding to deal with members who have acted improperly," Pound said.
The IOC will vote on the board's recommendations at a special assembly March 17-18. A two-thirds vote would be required to expel the accused. Pound said the IOC has yet to determine if it will make available reasons why his panel might exonerate a member. But he added, "It would probably be advisable. My personal view is that we should do that."
In Thursday's conference call, Pound said the IOC's top corporate sponsors still support the Olympics. Those sponsors contribute about $40 million each over a four-year period. He also said the IOC is prepared to undergo "far-reaching" reforms to "become a lot more accessible and transparent to the public."
Among those reforms, he said, would be publishing of accounting records on an annual or biannual basis.
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