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The Olympic "Agents"

The four Olympic "agents" exposed in Panorama: Buying the Games: Goran Takatch, Gabor Komyathy, Mahmood El Farnawani and Muttaleb Ahmad have all been declared personae non grata within the Olympic movement by the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee.

It has recommended that the whole Olympic Family neither grant them accreditations nor have any dealings with them. Their accreditations for 2004 Athens Olympic Games were withdrawn.

Commenting on the relationship between Goran Takatch and IOC member Ivan Slavkov the IOC Ethics Commission accepted that Goran Takatch's "usual activity, known to everyone within the Olympic Movement, is to act as a contact person on behalf of the candidate cities."

Muttaleb Ahmad is still the Director General of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). The 43rd Executive Board Meeting of the OCA in Kuwait on the 5th of February 2005 found no serious wrongdoing on his part and said "he should be exonerated from all the charges and should be allowed to continue to serve the OCA and the Asian Sports Movement as Director General OCA."

The OCA is funded by the IOC/Olympic Solidarity and the Government of Kuwait. It is the governing body of all amateur sports in Asia and runs the continents biggest sporting event - the Asian Games.

Insiders at the IOC have told Panorama they are angry that Muttaleb Ahmad still has his job with the OCA and are hoping that the IOC Ethics Commission will launch an investigation into his part in the Panorama investigation.

The IOC Vice-President

Un Yong Kim resigned from the IOC Vice-Presidency and membership of the IOC in May 2005. In February the IOC Executive Board unanimously upheld the recommendation made by the Ethics Commission that he had violated the ethical principles set out in the Olympic Charter and the Code of Ethics and thereby seriously tarnished the reputation of the Olympic Movement.

The Executive Board had proposed his expulsion to the 117th IOC Session in Singapore.

In June 2004 he was found guilty of corruption and embezzlement by a Korean court. Amongst other things he had taken bribes for jobs on the Korean Olympic Committee.

On 17 September 2004, the Seoul Court of Appeal confirmed Mr Kim's guilt and reduced his sentence to two years. He had already been fined three quarters of a million US dollars. On 14 January 2005 the Supreme Court of the Republic of Korea dismissed Mr Kim's final appeal.

In its report for the Executive Board the Ethics Commission recalled that in 1999 the Executive Board considered the actions of Mr Kim in Salt Lake City as contrary to IOC ethics and he was given the "most severe warning" and told that any other breach would result in expulsion.


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