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Monday, March 15, 1999 Published at 17:51 GMT


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Timeline: Olympics corruption scandal



March 1999

Sydney Olympics bid 'broke rules' (15 March)
An investigation into Sydney's successful bid for next year's Olympic Games says officials broke rules set by the International Olympic Committee, but fell short of corruption.

Olympics must ban 'gift-giving' (1 March)
The International Olympic Committee should undergo a thorough reform "at all levels", following the corruption scandal over the way the 2002 Winter Games were awarded to Salt Lake City, says the report of an inquiry by the United States Olympic Committee.

February 1999

Scandal-hit Olympic city sweeps clean (11 February)
A new chief executive is to head Salt Lake City's preparations for the Winter Olympics in 2002 as organisers promise a new policy of openness and accountability.

Polishing the Olympic image (10 February)
As the IOC investigations into the Salt Lake City 2002 and Syndey 2000 corruption scandals continue, the chairman of Manchester's two failed Olympic bids Sir Robert Scott gives his thoughts on the future of the games.

IOC may expel more members (10 February)
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) warns that it may consider expelling more of its members following the release of an ethics panel report into the Salt Lake City corruption scandal.

Olympic probe condemns two (9 February)
The two top officials of Salt Lake City's bid to hold the 2002 winter Olympics are singled out by an inquiry into the biggest corruption scandal in Olympic history.

Nagano Olympics under suspicion (3 February)
Suspicion of scandal falls on Nagano as a popular newspaper in Japan says more than $6m was spent entertaining Olympic officials during the bid to host the 1998 winter games in Nagano.

Olympics chief under fire (2 February)
Samaranch the survivor
The President of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch, comes in for severe criticism from European ministers and the US over the bribery allegations surrounding the 2002 Winter Games.

January 1999

IOC 'ignored' 1991 corruption (30 January)
The Olympic corruption scandal shows no sign of abating, with allegations that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ignored claims about corruption made by Canadian officials eight years ago.

Analysis: Putting the Olympic house in order
Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are considering their position following the publication of the report into the Salt Lake City bribery and corruption scandal.

Olympics bidding shake-up (25 January)
The six members of the IOC facing expulsion
Six members of the International Olympic Committee face expulsion following an inquiry into allegations of corruption surrounding Salt Lake City's successful bid for the 2002 winter games.

Sydney sucked into Olympics scandal (23 January)
One of the organisers of the Sydney Olympic Games admits he offered tens of thousands of dollars to members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) the night before they awarded the games.

Olympic chiefs probe bribe scandal (23 January)
Senior International Olympic Committee officials question some of its 13 members who are accused of involvement in a major corruption scandal.

Second IOC member quits (22 January)
Libya's International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Bashir Mohamed Attarabulsi resigns. He is the second IOC official to go in the wake of the Salt Lake City corruption scandal.

Officials resign in Winter Games scandal (9 January)
The head of the organising committee for the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City quits after admitting payments were made to International Olympic Committee during the bidding process. Committee president Frank Joklik will step down when a replacement is found.

December 1998

Olympics corruption probe ordered (22 December)
The United States Olympic Committee appoints a Special Commission to investigate alleged improprieties related to the selection of Salt Lake City to host the 2002 Winter Olympics.

China alleges unfair Olympics bid (14 December)
Chinese sports officials say Beijing may have lost the right to stage the 2000 Olympics because of unfair treatment during the bidding process.

Olympic 'vote buying' scandal (12 December)
A senior official in the International Olympics Committee says bribes of up to a million dollars have been demanded from cities bidding to host the games.





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