Atlanta officials bidding for the 1996 Olympics offered perks to children of members of the International Olympic Committee, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in yesterday's editions.
Atlanta organizers helped the sons and daughters of IOC members get into Georgia colleges, offered to help them find jobs and paid for trips to New York and Disney World, the newspaper reported. Documents detailing the perks were found among three dozen boxes of records examined by the newspaper. They contained no evidence that Atlanta gave out scholarships or cash to IOC members as did organizers of Salt Lake City's successful bid for the 2002 Winter Games.
CNN reported it obtained documents indicating that Atlanta organizers thought IOC members could be bribed into voting for the city. A memo written by a lawyer who helped Atlanta win the 1996 Games described inside information he researched about IOC members and identified those who "can be bought." Lee Echols, a spokesman for Atlanta Olympic officials, said the memos were merely part of an early effort by the bid team to learn as much about the IOC as possible.
U.S. Olympic Cup
Leslie Leads U.S. Women
Lisa Leslie scored 23 points as the U.S. women's national basketball team beat Poland, 86-70, in San Diego. Nikki McCray of the Washington Mystics had 10 points and teammate Chamique Holdsclaw had four.
Fusion Tops Revolution
Brian Kamler's goal in the fourth round of the shootout gave the Miami Fusion a 2-1 MLS victory over the New England Revolution in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. . . . The Burn clinched a fourth consecutive playoff berth when Jason Kreis scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over the San Jose Clash in Dallas. . . . Cobi Jones scored with five minutes to play and the host Los Angeles Galaxy solidified their lead in the Western Conference with a 1-0 win over the second-place Chicago Fire.
Track and Field
Titles for Szabo, Barmasai
Gabriela Szabo and Bernard Barmasai captured the overall titles and earned $250,000 each by winning their events at the IAAF Grand Prix Final in Munich. Szabo, who won the 3,000-meter race, became the first woman in track and field to surpass $1 million in earnings in one season. Barmasai won the 3,000-meter steeplechase race to grab the men's title.
Three-year-old filly Silverbulletday, the 1-5 favorite, claimed her 11th straight victory over fillies in the Gazelle Handicap at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
Charity Polo Match
The Potomac Polo Club and Red Eagle Ranch will host the Native American Celebration and Polo Match today, with gates opening at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, with children under 16 admitted free. All proceeds go to Futures for Children.