Paying The Price: Cities That Stand Accused

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Salt Lake City

Almost $800,000 (pounds 470,000) was splashed out over six years on cash payments, college scholarships, jobs, medical treatment and other inducements by officials working on the successful bid to stage the 2002 Winter Olympics. Two have resigned, along with two IOC members. An ethics panel in is looking into allegations that IOC members were provided with female escorts. Two rifles were given to IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch.

Sydney

John Coates, president of the Australian Olympic Committee and a leader of the Sydney 2000 bid, offered $35,000 inducements to the Kenyan and Ugandan IOC members at a dinner in Monte Carlo in September 1993, the night before Sydney beat Peking by two votes for the right to stage the Games. Coates denied the money was a bribe and said it would go towards helping sport in Kenya and Uganda.

Amsterdam

Joao Havelange of Brazil, an IOC member since 1963 and a former president of Fifa, international football's governing body, is alleged to have been among numerous IOC members who were wined and dined, and given expensive gifts. But there is no suggestion that he was among members escorted regularly to exclusive brothels in Amsterdam by Dutch officials trying to bring the 1992 Games to the city.

Melbourne

Melbourne's bid committee for the 1996 Olympics arranged for the daughter of a South Korean IOC delegate to play with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Shane Maloney, the committee's cultural events organiser, also collected a valuable Aboriginal "dot" painting for a European museum, following a suggestion from Mr Samaranch. Melbourne lost the Games to Atlanta.

Berlin

Berlin's failed bid to host the 2000 Olympics was tainted by allegations that secret dossiers on the sexual preferences of IOC members were compiled for the organising committee. Dietrich Hinkelfuss, an official involved in an investigation of the Berlin bid, said the reports were never confirmed but that the director of the Berlin bid at the time had been fired.

Quebec City

Officials of one of the rival bids to sent an advance team to learn the personal tastes and establish the psychological profiles of 20 IOC members who were to visit Quebec, according to a report in Le Journal de Quebec newspaper. IOC members are alleged to have been seeking aid for a sports centre near Moscow, a school in Africa, transport for Ukrainian athletes and education grants for children.

Compiled by Adam Szreter

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