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What you cannot buy with money you can buy with a lot of money
Diana, Sofia, Bulgaria
I worry when I see "investigations" where journalists set out to prove a point by entrapping people with fake bribe offers. If this was anything less than a cheap ratings grab in the lead up to the Olympics why would the investigators "blow their cover" after a year's work without obtaining something more concrete than hidden camera conversations.

These subjects could have been entrapping your journalists for all the viewer knows!? The sheep will still all go "baaa... how awful" though.. so well done Panorama on achieving the ratings you were chasing.
Brad Weaver, Sydney, Australia

Great piece of investigative journalism. Well worth a bit of licence fee. I thought that allegations that the IOC and corruption are synonymous was common knowledge though.
Andrew Emison, Reading, UK

Mr Ivan Slavkov is untouchable in Bulgaria. Probably your programme will change this and he will be kicked out at least from the IOC.
Nench, London, UK (Varna, BG)

A very interesting and informative programme and perhaps predictable as it isn't the first time people in power have abused their authority. The programme implied that a significant proportion of the IOC members may be "corrupt" and I'm sure they are now not too pleased! By showing such a programme just prior to the 2012 Olympic bid announcement, aren't we (London) compromising our own bid? I don't think all the "guilty" will be reprimanded in time and will still be involved in the voting process.
Fred Hussain, Cambridge, UK

This Panorama has defined the future of the Olympics after Athens. Are we standing by the ideals and sports spirit of the Olympics. We all now know that there is no integrity, values and honour amongst this exclusive club of the Olympics.

The best they can do is to resign. Even if the 70% corrupt group goes, I say we need fresh minds mostly the former Olympians who loved the games. It is time for this to stop. Millions of people participated during the torch relay and that was a waste of time.
Kondwani Munthali, Malawian in Cardiff

Congratulations to the Panorama team. Difficult subject dealt with well. Will you produce a follow-up programme that follows IOC action on your evidence?
A Carter, Herts, England

One reason given for the British bid going to London, this time, was that it was felt only London would be considered, following the failed bids of Birmingham and Manchester. If Panorama is correct and corruption is endemic within the IOC, were the previous bid committees aware of this corruption? If not, why not. Were any payments made with the previous bids?, and if so, how much, by who to whom? Did we just not pay enough out? Does this not give the lie to the reason London was chosen, as it would appear that the games were up for sale then, too.
Barrie Brookes, Rochdale

Well, you showed something a lot of people suspected. It's a real shame that the Olympic spirit and ideals are dead and buried. But this is the world we live in - what you cannot buy with money you can buy with a lot of money.
Diana, Sofia, Bulgaria

Where is the Olympic spirit
Gatis, Riga, Latvia

Enjoyed your programme tonight 'buying the games' and highlighting corruption within the IOC. It was all the more pleasing to sit down and watch 'real' TV, instead of the usual junk.
Raymond A Rapp , Harrow, UK

I can not condone this programme... this will undoubtedly contribute to the downfall for London's bid
Nick Hubble, Peterborough
Oh what a sad programme. As a stalwart BBC supporter through the good and bad times of the BBC I can not condone this programme. Clearly this will undoubtedly contribute to the 2012 downfall for London's bid, something that I like others work hard to fundraise for along with fundraising for the BOA to support our athletes. This programme can only have benefited those individuals that were a part of producing it.

As a devoted amateur sportsman, event organiser, coach and Umpire of one of the greatest Olympic sports for this country (rowing) I am truly saddened by this individualistic programme that has been paid for by the British licence payer.
Nick Hubble, Peterborough

Congratulations! "Buying the games" programme is a great contribution to democracy in Bulgaria. Thank you.
Bulgarian Viewer, Sofia, Bulgaria

Do we really think this group of middle-age, greedy, power-hungry men are in the position they are because of their Olympic ideals? They're in it for what they can get. As an Australian I was proud of the way we organised and carried out the 2000 Games. As an Australian, I am ashamed of the way we obviously won the right to host them. Your report shows that whatever lip service has been paid to cleaning up the IOC, it is merely a facade for what still goes on. The glare of attention hasn't got rid of the corrupt people; it's just forced them to become more creative.
Jo Rooney, Hull, England

I was actually surprised at how cheap buying the Olympic Games is. Why are we paying fat salaries to Ken Livingstone and Seb Coe? Just bribe the IOC instead.
Greg, Maidstone

Thank you for a fantastic programme highlighting how rotten to the core the IOC really are. It is about time that the IOC was run by athletes who have represented their country, and realise the importance of what the Olympics mean to a country's athletes. Not for it to be treated as some sort of commodity.
Steve Farrell, Preston, Lancs

I think now the reputation of the Olympics will be forever tarnished
Steve Fuller, Hove
Having just watched the programme, which I thought was a very good piece of journalism, I am amazed that even the Olympics can fall victim to corruption. All lovers of sport, and there are millions of the Olympics, will be very disappointed at the programme's findings. These men should be ashamed of themselves for accepting favours along with cash, along with the people who are offering both. It seems that nothing is sacred from such activity. I think now the reputation of the Olympics will be forever tarnished. We will now be left wondering whether the country chosen has won it on merit, or achieved winning the games by offering the biggest favours, cash or both.
Steve Fuller, Hove, England

Judging from the outcome of Panorama tonight, it appears the corruption within the IOC is rooted from top to bottom. Panorama has unveiled the suspicion we all had about the allocation of the games, and from the results we have witnessed, it is possible that it's going to take us more years to host the games as some of the executive are going to take this action as a revenge on London. Thank you for bringing us this truth about organised corruption in our world. At least we know why we've been losing all along.
Fred L Semugera, UK

Great documentary and strong in-depth journalism. Have you asked the IOC Chairman Jacques Rogge about his reaction to your programme? He is very vocal about "clean" athletes, but is he also focused on "clean" IOC members? If he walks the talk, he should immediately get rid of those 70% of the members who took bribes in the past. Good luck with your programme.
Rob Craft, Maastricht, The Netherlands

It confirms things. All about the dollar bill. Maybe it will change a couple of attitudes?
Christiaan Michels, Rotterdam, Holland

Congratulations BBC. Yet again your pompous 'holier than thou' attitude will harm Britain. You have probably cost London any chance of winning the 2012 election. Everyone knows that in a lot of the world 'greasing the wheels' is a way of life. Your programme will not change that. Who are we to say that it is wrong, that the way we do things is better, is it better to throw away all of the good that a winning London bid could have meant for the UK just to be able to say 'well I played by the rules'.

While there may be a few minor casualties as a result of your programme the only people who will really be hurt are the people who would have had jobs because of a winning London bid, the children who would have had a chance to see their sporting heroes and the people of the UK who want us to win not cling to some outdated and false idea of fair play. Again, congratulations BBC.
Chris Emblen, Weymouth, UK

Tonight's programme was a first class piece of investigative journalism and has thrown up many questions that the taxpayers of London need answers to before London wastes any more public money on an Olympic bid.

To that end the London Assembly will be questioning Lord Coe about the allegations made in the programme, including the role of Mr Keith Mills in October. Already the story of the London 2012 bid has become bigger than the bid itself particularly with the sudden departure of Ms Cassani and the rumoured chaos surrounding the London bid
Brian Coleman, GLA Assembly Member, London

Even before the programme has aired, I can hear the champagne corks popping in Paris, Madrid, New York and Moscow. Bit of a shame that it's our national broadcaster who chose to rub the IOC's nose in it. Still, I'm sure the rest of the world won't hold a grudge...
David, London, UK

Thanks for a superb programme. Long may you run.
M Lang, London

From your research, can you suggest anyone we can pay for the IOC to choose anywhere else but London?
Dave Hindle, London



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