Samaranch still claims that the Salt Lake City bribery scandal has been overblown and that the IOC shares only part of the blame. However, he added: "I don't deny it's serious, despicable in certain aspects, but it all amounts to a total of around $1m in gifts, scholarships, trips for wives. Look at the European Union scandal. That involves around $1 billion.
"I'm guilty of one mistake: underestimating everything that was going on around all the bid cities. I should have realised earlier that the system for selecting host cities had to be changed."Reuse content