Tuesday, February 9, 1999 Published at 20:32 GMT
Olympic probe condemns two
Corruption has overshadowed Salt Lake City's winning bid
The two top officials of Salt Lake City's bid to hold the 2002 winter Olympics have been singled out by an inquiry into the biggest corruption scandal in Olympic history.
It says that the bid committee's director, Tom Welch, and his deputy, Dave Johnson
'Corruption must end here'
"Olympic corruption did not start here - but it must end here."
'Lack of control'
The current chairman of the Salt Lake's organising committee, Robert Garff, highlighted the lack of control and said officials had paid little attention to specific expenditure as long as the budget balanced.
The ethics panel concentrated on finding out how many of the city's political and Olympic leaders knew of the special fund set up to induce IOC members to vote for their city as host for the winter Olympics.
The report says that while there was no physical evidence that the bid committee authorised any improper payments, it couldn't be certain that some officials did not close their eyes to problems.
Forced to resign
Two executives on the organising committee have been forced to resign, and the leader of the bidding committee was dropped from a lucrative consulting post because of the scandal.
Another set of findings by the United States Olympic Committee is due to be published next month.
An earlier investigation, by the International Olympic Committee, revealed that the Salt lake City bidding commitee had paid an estimated $800,000 dollars to its members in cash payments, scholarships, free medical care and travel expenses.
The IOC investigation forced the resignation of four IOC members, while another five face expulsion.