Peter Ueberroth, who headed the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee before taking his current position of major league baseball commissioner, today virtually ruled out the chance of a $7 million reimbursement to the nations that sent teams to last year's Summer Games.
Ueberroth said he saw little chance of the U.S. Olympic Committee reversing its decision to reject the LAOOC proposal to refund accommodation costs.
Speaking at a news conference following the presentation of the final Los Angeles report at the 90th session of the International Olympic Committee, Ueberroth confirmed there had been a $215 million profit from the Games and said he had always been in favor of reimbursing the various national Olympic committees.
"My personal position is well known. I would distribute it (some of the surplus) in two ways: to sports and the youth in our own country and also it would be my personal wish to give back every penny to any national Olympic committee that had entered the Games," he said.
The document Ueberroth presented was glossy, profusely illustrated and cost $4.5 million to produce only 2,000 copies. He said today's presentation ended a continuous 16-year link between Los Angeles and the IOC. "The Olympic movement is of the future and Los Angeles is of the past," he said.
Meanwhile, it was reported that Monique Berlioux, director and chief executive officer of the International Olympic Committee, reached agreement with the IOC Executive Board today on the terms for her immediate retirement. The Executive Board asked for her premature retirement Sunday at the climax of several years of growing tension between her and IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch.
Her $100,000-a-year contract would have remained in effect through the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, Canada, and the Summer Games in Seoul. But the Associated Press quoted one IOC member, insisting on anonymity, as saying Berlioux agreed to terminate her association with the IOC at the end of the current IOC session Friday.