From testimony yesterday by Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the International Olympic Committee, before the oversight and investigations subcommittee of the House Commerce Committee:
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.): We've got several documents on the record that were sent officially to your organization while you were president. And apparently your response is, "If they don't name names, it doesn't count." So I guess my next question is, the reason you've decided to investigate Salt Lake City and Atlanta is because somebody named names? . . .
Mr. Samaranch: Going back to Toronto, we've requested them to supply us with names, and they did not do so.
Q: I see. Well, I'm told that those are open records kept by the Canadian government, and they remained open for at least seven years. And I'm also told at the staff level that no Olympic official has attempted to investigate those records. . . .
My next question is, of all these reforms that you have supported being implemented, I'm told that none apply to you or the office of the presidency. Why is that?
A: Because I don't think this would be necessary.
Q: Ah. What if this subcommittee thought it might be necessary? Would you be willing to have them apply to the office of the presidency?
A: I would be glad to listen, and then we'll review your proposal.
Q: I see. Well, I guess I need to send you a formal letter naming names, and I will send such a letter. . . .