Disgraced IOC member reinstated
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Scandal-tainted Phil Coles has been reinstated to the Australian Olympic Committee's executive board.
Coles lost his paid position as the AOC's international relations director when his IOC membership was suspended in 1999 in the wake of the Salt Lake bribery scandal.
He was censured for accepting excessive hospitality from Olympic bidders and for "serious negligence" in writing personal appraisals of his colleagues that ended up with the bid committee for the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Games.
Coles, an IOC member since 1982, was also forced to quit the organizing committee of the Sydney Olympics.
But he presented medals at the Sydney Games and participated in the torch relay. His full IOC membership rights were restored in July.
AOC president John Coates said the executive decided at its meeting last Saturday that Coles should be reinstated as an honorary member after receiving recent advice from the IOC.
"Pursuant to the IOC interpretation of his membership status, [Coles] is consequently accepted back as an honorary member of the AOC's Executive," Coates said in a statement.
"I look forward to Phil again contributing to the operations of the AOC," Coates said. "As a triple Olympian, IOC member and former Secretary-general of the AOC, Phil has a wealth of knowledge that can be used to further the Olympic Movement in Australia."
The decision followed a submission from Coles to the IOC.