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  Monday, 16 July, 2001, 18:54 GMT 19:54 UK
Samaranch: Stylish exit
Juan Antonio Samaranch welcomes his son to the IOC
Juan Antonio Samaranch welcomes his son to the IOC
By BBC Sport's Harry Peart in Moscow

In the long history of the International Olympic Committee, there have been many Sessions which have been called momentous.

But the 112th here in Moscow lived up to the description, and underlined the fact that the outgoing President, Juan Antonio Samaranch, kept his deft political touch right up the end.

It was a breathtaking performance.

There are some who had written him off as a lame duck figurehead, but they did so at their peril.

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On the first day, the doubters, who were concerned about the 2008 Games going to Beijing, were put to rout as the Chinese capital swept to victory.

The scale of the majority stunned two of the major contenders, Toronto and Paris.

Members of both Bid Committees have been astounded at the amount of politicking that goes on within the IOC.

In 1983, Samaranch overtly supported the Beijing bid when they lost by two votes to Sydney.

This time he remained silent, although it was clear he could still pull the strings behind the scenes.

He stayed similarly quiet in the presidential election, but there was little doubt that he favoured Jacques Rogge to succeed him.


Senior IOC officials had warned Samaranch that proposing his son for membership would lead to charges of nepotism
BBC Sport's Harry Peart
In the final days of the campaign, the South Korean politician, Kim un Yong, had amassed powerful support from Asia and Africa, and among the sports federations.

But he was given a severe warning during the Salt Lake City scandal and, on the day before the election, was reported to the Ethic Commission over allegations that he disclosed the level of expenses he would pay IOC members if he was made president.

He was cleared, but the whiff of a further scandal ended Kim's hopes.

Dick Pound, the Canadian lawyer favoured by many, was also rebuked in public when Samaranch said doping was a mess and a major conference was needed to sort it out.

Samaranch triple

The Samaranch triple was also completed on the final day when his son, Juan Antonio Samaranch junior, was elected as a member of the Interntional Olympic Committee.

Senior IOC officials had warned him that proposing his son for membership would lead to charges of nepotism and damage the good that had come out of the reforms to make the IOC more accountable and transparent.

He rejected the advice and "Juanito", as he is called, was voted in.

Although Samaranch senior appears to have control, the IOC members showed they do still have some teeth.

Samaranch's proposal of former President of Switzerland, Adolf Ogi, was rejected.

It wasn't Mr Ogi's fault.

Switzerland, the headquarters of the IOC, has five members including the president of Fifa, Sepp Blatter. Having six for a country of only seven million people was a step too far.

The setback wasn't enough to erase the smile of Juan Antonio Samaranch, as he smacked the gavel down on the table to end the 112th Session and bring to an end what many will see as a successful Olympic career.


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