The International Olympic Committee's newly formed ethics commission announced today that it was pursuing new allegations against an unnamed member for improperly using his influence by writing letters of recommendation. It also announced, however, that it likely would not pursue new developments that arise from the Justice Department's investigation of the Salt Lake City Olympic scandal.
Although the ethics panel was created by the IOC early this year with the mandate that it would handle new information regarding members accused of misconduct related to the Salt Lake City scandal, members of the partially independent commission said today they likely would not review such cases, as they fall outside their jurisdiction.
"We are working for the future," said Javier Perez de Cuellar, former secretary general of the United Nations. "That's also why we aren't particularly interested in what happened in the past."
That apparently leaves developments from the FBI investigation in the hands of the IOC's executive board. IOC spokesman Franklin Servan-Schreiber said executive board members Dick Pound and Keba Mbaye--who is also on the ethics commission--took it upon themselves to review the Justice Department's September indictment of the son of Korean IOC member Un-Yong Kim, who is also an executive board member. From that reading, Servan-Schreiber said, they determined that the case did not require further examination.
"The executive board could clearly be trusted," Servan-Schreiber said about the Kim case. ". . . The executive board of the IOC is serious about this matter and should be trusted with this."
Mbaye declined to comment on the new case, other than to say the result of the ethics commission's investigation would be made public when it was complete.