The Age, Australia
THIS AFFAIR will enable us to return to the controllable organisations of the Olympics. We must avoid economics taking the upper hand and dictating its law to the organisational committees. The IOC must also agree to becoming somewhat more condensed: 115 members is too much. 25 or 30 would be far more easy to regulate. The IOC is representative of society but not representative of sport.
Le Monde, France
IT IS appropriate that delegates be treated to a high standard of accommodation and dining and receive some gifts. When the giving of gifts turns into corruption can be a matter of degree, but is principally a matter of transparency. The test is whether those giving or receiving would want it publicly known. The possibility that it might become public is a deterrent, which is why the media mentality is so essential.
Sydney Morning Herald,
THE EUROPEAN press has just begun investigating IOC head Juan Antonio Samaranch and some of his associates, including some roguish characters who would never make it to the cover of a Wheaties box. Stay tuned, sports fans.
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