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It's gratifying to see that the International Olympic Committee is serious about cleaning up its image, but could it be taking its determination not to be corrupted just a tad too far? A few sandwiches at Downing Street is hardly going to persuade them all to suddenly smile on London's 2012 Olympic bid. What's next? Urine tests to check that they haven't been slipped a few unauthorised Twiglets?

It's gratifying to see that the International Olympic Committee is serious about cleaning up its image, but could it be taking its determination not to be corrupted just a tad too far? A few sandwiches at Downing Street is hardly going to persuade them all to suddenly smile on London's 2012 Olympic bid. What's next? Urine tests to check that they haven't been slipped a few unauthorised Twiglets?

But perhaps the IOC's zealousness is actually in London's favour. After all, if there's one country that could corrupt minds with a single heavenly vol-au-vent, it has to be our main rival as 2012 Olympic host, Paris. On consideration, let the officials go without.

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