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Wednesday, February 10, 1999 Published at 13:05 GMT


IOC may expel more members

More heads could roll following the release of the report

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has warned that it may consider expelling more of its members following the release of an ethics panel report into the Salt Lake City corruption scandal.

The report implicated 10 more IOC members and described the extreme measures the city used to land the vote for the 2002 Olympic Games.

In a statement, the organisation said: "The IOC remains fully committed to investigating and taking action based on all available evidence.

[ image: The ethics report into the scandal was released on Tuesday]
The ethics report into the scandal was released on Tuesday
"The IOC executive board expects to receive the earliest possible recommendations of the ad-hoc commission after its review of the SLOC Board of Ethics report."

Last month, the IOC panel identified 13 members involved in alleged excesses stemming from Salt Lake's winning bid for the 2002 Winter Games.

Nine of those members have either resigned or been expelled. Three others remain under investigation and another received a warning.

In all, 24 IOC members have been implicated in vote-buying schemes - roughly one-fifth of its membership.

IOC executive board delegate Jacques Rogge, a member of the internal investigative panel, said he had not yet seen the Salt Lake report and could not comment in detail.

"We're going to look into it - that's our mandate, to cover everything regarding Salt Lake City," he said.

"We expect to call for a meeting to review the report."

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