Friday, January 22, 1999 Published at 06:57 GMT
IOC to expand inquiry
IOC head Juan Antonio Samaranch: Awaiting inquiry results
The International Olympic Committee is planning to widen its investigation into bribery allegations, the head of the organisation's inquiry has said.
Dick Pound said cities that had put in bids for the Olympics between 1996 and 2006 would be asked for information.
The inquiry has been looking into allegations that 13 IOC members accepted inducements to award the 2002 Winter Olympics to Salt Lake City in the United States.
He called it flagrant abuse, apologised on behalf of the IOC and said it was ready to severely punish the culprits.
His report is due to be presented to the IOC's executive committee on Sunday.
But he acknowledged that there was not enough time left for the International Olympic Committee to find a new host.
"In a perfect world, Salt Lake City wouldn't be allowed to host the 2002 Games, but the practicalities of the situation mean that finding an alternative at such short notice would be almost impossible," he said.
Sydney Fennbach, a member of the Salt Lake City bid team, has alleged that a suitcase containing $5,000 (£3,000) was used to provide hospitality for members of the IOC.
"When an IOC member came to town there was an incredible effort to wine, dine and impress," said Mr Fennbach.
The scandal has already seen the resignation of Pirjo Haggman of Finland, and another 12 IOC members are set to be implicated in the inquiry report.
Report reveals history of bribery
The confidential report says the US city spent more than £400,000 on gifts and payments during the bidding for and after winning the 2002 Winter Games, the Wall Street Journal has reported.
The IOC report allegedly highlights the activities of two unofficial agents, one who offered to deliver votes for £1.3m and another who promised nine European votes for £30,000-£60,000 each.
Football's governing body, Fifa, has promised that strict rules will be followed as it considers which country should host the 2006 World Cup finals.
President Sepp Blatter said that the smaller size of the Fifa executive made it more difficult for people to try to influence their decisions.
He said: "Twenty-one members is really a group of people that are easier to supervise than a group of 114."