28 July 2004
Jacques Rogge President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) , aware of the allegations Panorama was about to make, asks the Ethics Commission of the IOC to launch an investigation into the possible content of the Panorama investigation: "Buying the Games." The programme details are still being finalised.
30 July 2004
Details of Panorama's investigation emerge in the international press five days before the programme is broadcast.
4 August 2004
Panorama: Buying the Games is broadcast. The International Olympic Committee screens it live in Athens where the IOC is meeting prior to the Athens Olympics.
6 August 2004
As a result of the programme the IOC Ethics Commission recommends that Ivan Slavkov is provisionally deprived "of all the rights, prerogatives and functions deriving from his membership of the IOC" throughout their investigation and that the accreditations of Goran Takac, Gabor Komyathy, Mahmood El Farnawani and Muttaleb Ahmad are immediately withdrawn for the duration of the Olympic Games in Athens.
7 August 2004
The Executive Board (EB) of the IOC unanimously decided to adopt the Ethics Commissions recommendations in relation to Mr Slavkov and immediately withdraw his accreditation for the 2004 Athens Games.
The EB also decided to declare: "Goran Takac, Gabor Komyathy, Mahmood El Farnawani and Muttaleb Ahmad, personae non grata within the Olympic Movement and to recommend to all the Olympic Family neither to grant them accreditations nor to have any dealings with them." Their accreditations for the 2004 Athens Games were withdrawn with immediate effect.
IOC President Jacques Rogge said "to say I am disappointed is not enough. I am an angry man because some people are not playing by the rules. Under my leadership I can stress there is zero tolerance for unethical behaviour in the IOC."
25 October 2004
The IOC Ethics Commission produced their report for the IOC Executive Board.
After Slavkov claimed that Panorama's taped evidence had been manipulated the Ethics Commission had received from Panorama the complete recording of the meeting between its undercover reporters and Goran Takac and Ivan Salvkov.
This revealed that: "the extracts shown in the programme on 4 August were not distorted, as Mr Slavkov's words were neither altered nor taken out of context."
The report concluded that: "Mr Slavkov tarnished the honour and reputation of the Olympic Movement and the IOC, even though he was aware of the risk involved since the Salt Lake City scandal. Indeed an IOC members involvement in this "negotiation" lent credibility to the hypothesis advanced by the journalists that there were within the IOC members and agents who could corrupt IOC members."
Mr Slavkov's actions were "contrary to the ethical principles derived from the Olympic Charter and the IOC code of ethics and are of an extremely serious nature,"
"Considering the particularly serious harm done to the image of the IOC and its members, the Ethics Commission considers the expulsion of Mr Slavkov to be appropriate."
26 November 2004
The Executive Board of the IOC decided that "Mr Slavkov has violated the ethical principles set out in the Olympic Charter and the IOC Code of Ethics, thereby seriously tarnishing the reputation of the Olympic Movement" and they proposed his expulsion to the 117th IOC Session.
Commenting on the EB decision, IOC President Jacques Rogge said: "This morning the EB had to deal with a very serious issue. It has taken a clear and strong decision. As I have said before, there is zero tolerance for unethical behaviour in the IOC and today's decision reinforces this position."