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Sydney official wants IOC scandal cleared up
Posted: Monday January 11, 1999 09:45 AM
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australian International Olympic Committee member Kevan Gospe said Monday it was important for the Sydney 2000 Olympics that the Salt Lake City bribes matter be cleared up quickly.
The IOC is reportedly set to send letters to members accused of breaking rules on receiving gifts from Salt Lake City when the American city was bidding to stage the 2002 Winter Games before an IOC vote in 1995.
"We're very preoccupied within Australia because we're the next cab off the rank as far as the Olympic Games are concerned and we do genuinely believe that we'll deliver a big one and a good one," Gosper told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.
"It is very important for us that this matter is cleared up very rapidly."
He also wanted it cleared up before the anti-doping conference in Lausanne next month.
But Gosper rejected calls for president Juan Antonio Samaranch's resignation, as did fellow IOC member Phil Coles, saying just because an organization had internal problems didn't mean its head should step down.
"The prime minister doesn't stand down if he's got an investigation into somebody inside his government," Gosper said. "[Samaranch] is in good order, he's on top of the matter, he's driving the investigation and he'll get an outcome, and he'll see his mandate out through until 2001."
"Of course he's disappointed and distressed that this could have happened ... but he's on the job until the end of 2001 and he'll have everyone's support to stay there."
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