Key Olympic Scandal Stories From Feb. 1999
Key Post stories on the scandal involving charges that the Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) won the right to host the 2002 Olympic Games by showering cash, gifts and other favors on members of the International Olympic Committee and their families. Highlights on this page include:
Kenyan Is Fourth IOC Member to Resign
IOC Executive Board Votes to Expel Six Members
Sydney Official Offered Money on Eve of IOC Vote
Top Officials of Salt Lake Bid Resign
Swedish Town Says It Was Cheated Out of Games
Favors for South Korea's Kim Are in Question
The favors received by the children of IOC vice chairman Un Yong Kim are one of many questions an ethics panel is trying to sort through.
Battle Begins to Open Atlanta's '96 Olympic Records
Georgia Gov. Roy E. Barnes (D) said Atlanta's former Olympic officials should
release all of their records to prove they won the Games fairly.
IOC Panel Deliberates Fate of 13
An IOC panel began a two-day meeting February 27 to debate the fate of 13 members embroiled in the Salt Lake scandal.
Betsy Mitchell on Longing for the True Olympic Ideals
From Saturday, February 27
U.S. Olympic Official Didn't Report Conflict
A former USOC executive's invitation to an IOC member to become a business partner has become the subject of several Olympic investigations.
From Wednesday, February 24
Two USOC Officials Cleared of Wrongdoing
The USOC said an investigation into a 1995 electronic mail exchange between two USOC officials turned up no evidence of wrongdoing.
From Tuesday, February 23
USOC Says It Won't Probe Atlanta Improprieties
The USOC will inform the IOC that it does not intend to investigate
improprieties by Atlanta officials who bid for the 1996 Olympics.
USOC's Schultz Not Confident That IOC Can Repair Damage
USOC Executive Director Dick Schultz said the IOC may be unable to reform its system that has caused the Olympic bribery scandal.
USOC President Doesn't Foresee New Disclosures
USOC President Bill Hybl said he does "not anticipate any major disclosures"
when the latest report on the Olympic scandal is issued.
From Tuesday, February 16
Implicated IOC Members Told to Explain Actions
IOC members implicated in the Salt Lake City bribery scandal have until the end of February to explain their actions, according to an investigator.
Mormons Reflect on Glare of Olympic Scandal
Some Mormons are worried the upstanding image of their city has been tarnished by the scandal that has implicated only a few of its members.
'Whatever It Takes' Spurred Salt Lake's Bid
A review of bid committee documents shows that the decision to do whatever it took to win the Olympic bid was a relatively open process.
From Thursday, February 11
Official: Panel Needs to Investigate Atlanta Bid Effort
An official for the Atlanta committee that bid for the 1996 Olympics said an independent panel should be appointed to investigate the bid effort.
US West Support Ended After Favoritism Claims
A move toward deregulation has been abandoned following allegations that US West had asked for the effort in exchange for its continued sponsorship.
In Olympics, Bribery Is Participation Sport
Post columnist Michael Wilbon has a little problem working up indignation over the Olympic bribery scandal.
From Wednesday, February 10
Report: IOC Ethics Lapses Rampant
An ethics board investigating the Salt Lake City Olympic scandal released a report documenting questionable expenditures involving IOC members.
Sponsor Reacts After Release of Ethics Report
Olympic sponsor John Hancock said it was canceling negotiations for $20 million of television advertising after an ethics report was released.
Rivals Question Link of US West to Games
Questions have arisen about whether the deregulation of Utah's telecommunications industry resulted from a US West contribution.
Ex-USOC Official Draws Scrutiny
A former USOC official may have used two
businesses to gather
information about IOC members for cities seeking votes for the Olympics.
Official Details Business Offer
A former USOC official linked to the scandal invited IOC member Austin Sealy to join a business venture in 1995, which Sealy declined.
Ethics Concerns Cloud Olympic Bid
Members of the Washington-Baltimore bid for the 2012 Olympics said the scandal could cast a shadow over their own activities.
Nagano Celebration Hidden by Scandal
As Nagano commemorated the anniversary of the 1998 Winter Olympics, questions swirled about whether they went too far in wooing the Games.
From Saturday, February 6
Salt Lake City Wants Others Scrutinized
A high-ranking Australian official proposes that an independent ethics panel investigate allegations of impropriety surrounding Sydney's bid.
Air Travel Allegedly Hid Payoffs
First-class airline tickets were allegedly used as a form of currency by Salt Lake City organizers as they tried to win favor with IOC members.
Utah Governor Pins Blame On Officials
Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt said denied knowledge of improper activities regarding the bid process, saying such acts were hidden from him.
Slippery Slope Develops at Ski Resort
As Salt Lake City's Olympic organizers face intense scrutiny, a local ski resort's expansion illustrates the intertwining of public and private interests.
IOC-Backed Suspension for Drug Use Vetoed
With its integrity damaged by a bribery scandal, the IOC was forced to abandon its crusade against drugs in sports.
At IOC Breakfast, Gripes, Grievances Are Served
A confrontation between the Olympic governing board and IOC members was one of the most rancorous encounters in the organization's history.
From Thursday, February 4
Delegates Rebuke IOC for Corruption
An IOC summit on the use of drugs in sports is floundering because many of the 500 delegates see hypocrisy in the group's efforts.
Former Salt Lake Bid President Speaks Out
Tom Welch, the former leader of the Salt Lake Olympic bid committee, said Wednesday night that there were no bribes to buy IOC votes.
From Wednesday, February 3
Romney Eyed for Salt Lake IOC Post
Massachusetts millionaire Mitt Romney has been approached about taking over as chief executive of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee.
U.S. Says the IOC Is Unfit to Police Drugs
The White House said the IOC as too scandal-ridden to police the sports world's drug problem on the opening day of a summit on drugs in sports.
Missing Gift Linked to Samaranch
Two Japanese Olympic officials say they saw IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch accept a samurai sword worth up to $20,000.
Poll: U.S. Still Upbeat on Olympics
Americans opinion of the Olympic Games has remained positive overall despite the recent bribery scandal.
Few Reportedly Knew of Salt Lake Payments
An independent ethics panel plans to report that knowledge of SLOC payments to IOC members was confined to a small number of people.
Samaranch Vows to Keep His Job
Juan Antonio Samaranch vowed again to remain as IOC president as long as he has the support of the general IOC membership.
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