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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 July, 2005, 12:25 GMT 13:25 UK
The Agents

Goran Takac from Serbia

Takac has been working for cities trying to win the Olympic Games for 20 years and has helped 17 bids. His father Artur was a close advisor to former IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch. And Takac senior is said to have encouraged bid cities to use his son to help them try and win the Olympic Games.

An agency run by Goran Takac received $363,000 to help Nagano, location of the 1998 Winter Games, liaise with the IOC.

Karl -Heinz Huba, publisher of the Sport Intern newsletter, wrote in the magazine: "Takac junior has for years been bleeding the candidates for the winter games." Goran Takac has worked for, among others, Sofia and Anchorage.

In the 1999 IOC report on the Salt Lake City Olympic scandal it says that Dave Johnson, vice President of the Salt Lake City bid, alleged that on the eve of the 1991 Olympic election Takac offered him Vitaly Smirnov's (senior IOC member and now IOC Vice President) vote for $35,000. Both Smirnov and Takac deny this and were cleared by the IOC.

Muttaleb Ahmad from Kuwait

Ahmad is Director General of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), the governing body of all amateur sports on the continent. He was paid $62,400 from June 1994 to June 1995 to assist the Salt Lake Bid Committee (SLBC) by lobbying members from the Middle East and North African countries.

He asked the SLBC to send $1,000 a month to a daughter of General Gadir, an IOC member from Sudan. During the Salt Lake City Olympic scandal it emerged that the daughter did not exist. Payments went into Gadir's own account in London. Gadir was expelled from the IOC during the Salt Lake scandal. But Ahmad remained Director General of the OCA.

In the US Government indictment of Welch and Johnson (the Salt Lake bid leaders accused of bribery in the Salt Lake City Olympics) he was described as a "consultant based in Kuwait hired to assist the SLBC in determining what personal benefits IOC members wanted and would accept in order to influence them."

Mahmoud El Farnawani from Egypt

El Farnawani was a consultant for Salt Lake and started working for the bid committee in late 1992. He was paid a total of $148,260 over the next three years.

According to Dave Johnson (one of the Salt Lake bid leaders) El Farnawani recommended regular payments by the Salt Lake Bid Committee to someone called Raouf Scally believed to be a relative of Mohamed Zerguini, an IOC member from Algeria. Scally received $14,500.

Zerguini said he had no idea who Scally was and was cleared in relation to this by the IOC but given a serious warning over free trips to the US by his relatives.

According to a court exhibit during the Salt Lake City Olympics trial, El Farnawani gave the Salt Lake Bid Committee suggestions about what three IOC members wanted. They were: IOC member Mohamed Mzali from Tunisia could use a letter of support from Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt. IOC member Mohamed Zerguini of Algeria had a 16-year-old grandson who would like to travel to the U.S. for five weeks to learn English IOC member Bashir Attarabulsi of Libya had a son, Sami, who wanted to work at a Colorado electronics factory and learn how to "install and assemble" satellite systems. He hoped to become the Libyan representative for the company.

El Farnawani said Attarabulsi was willing to pay his son's travel costs. It also said Attarabulsi's other son, Suhel, needed a letter to the U.S. State Department to help get a visa so he could study in America.

Suhel received $56,000 in expenses and pocket money from SLBC to attend two Utah schools, an English language centre at Brigham Young University and a community college. Attarabulsi resigned in the wake of the scandal.

In the US Government indictment of Welch and Johnson he was described as a "consultant based in Canada hired to assist the SLBC in determining what personal benefits IOC members wanted and would accept in order to influence them."

El Farnawani was paid $60,000 by the Sydney Bid Committee to help deliver IOC votes. For some of the time he was working for Sydney and Salt Lake at the same time.

He had earlier worked for Toronto in their bid for the 1996 Games. A couple of Arab members of the IOC told Sydney bid leaders to contact El Farnawani. Sydney subsequently employed him as a consultant.

When John Coates, Australian Olympic Committee President, offered $35,000 to two African IOC members for sports programmes in their countries the night before Sydney won the 2000 Summer Games by two votes, it was El Farnawani who delivered a letter to them the following morning which said "Mahmoud El Farnawani is meeting with you with full authority to commit me in respect to any assistance you identify."

Gabor Komyathy from Hungary

Komyathy played a vital part in getting IOC votes for Sydney during its successful bid for the 2000 Games. He told Panorama he'd played a senior role in the battle for the 2008 Games and was considering offers for the 2012. He was paid tens of thousands of dollars by Sydney to lobby IOC members and six figures by Stockholm to do the same. He has worked with former triple jump world record holder Willie Banks and was employed by Melbourne to try and win the 1996 Games.

Panorama has obtained a copy of his fax outlining his plans to the Stockholm Bid committee.

In this he describes his role as "drawing up various game plans, suggesting and discussing ways to secure votes." And carrying out "special and confidential tasks on behalf of the bid."

"Confidentiality of these and other documents I may gather in the future for benefit of the bid is of utmost importance."

According to bid leaders Komyathy is very good with ideas about how to appeal to particular IOC members.

Sweden's chief prosecutor Christer Van Der Kwast says Komyathy was paid $200,000 by Stockholm.


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