Diack bribe allegations

London’s bid to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships, the third largest international sports event after the Olympics and the World Cup, is to be decided by a sports body headed by a man under investigation for corruption.

Lamine Diack, the powerful president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), is being investigated by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) ethics commission for allegedly taking bribes from a Swiss company when it had the exclusive marketing contract for the IAAF Championships.Despite the inquiry, Mr Diack has kept his position with the IAAF, which will announce in Monaco on Friday whether London will be awarded the 2017 World Championships. London’s rival is Doha, capital of Qatar.

The inquiry was opened after Mr Diack’s name was found among those on a list detailing payments totalling $100m (£62m) made to sports officials by the now defunct ISL marketing company, allegedly in return for lucrative contracts.

[b]The list, a copy of which was obtained by the BBC’s Panorama programme, appears to show that on 22 April 1993 Mr Diack, who was then senior vice-president of the IAAF, was paid $20,000 in cash and on23 July of that year another $10,000, also in cash. On 19 November 1993, he allegedly received a further 30,000 French francs – then worth about £7,200.

Mr Diack, a member of the IOC, did not respond to questions from The Independent on Sunday. When asked on film about the allegations, at a London hotel earlier this year, Mr Diack declined to comment and ran off.

In an interview with the website Insidethegames, Mr Diack said he had answered all the IOC’s questions and had been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Mr Diack, from Senegal, was quoted as saying: “I answered to the ethics commission and I had no more reaction from them,” he said. “That put an end to that.”

However, Jacques Rogge, the IOC president, has insisted the ethics commission inquiry, which has lasted 10 months, will not be considered by the IOC until December. Mr Rogge was reported as saying: “The ethics commission has done an inquiry, [it] will present a report in early December. We don’t know what is in the report because it is strictly confidential. The report will not necessarily propose decisions. It might be information only. I don’t know.We will see.”[/b]Also under investigation for allegedly taking kickbacks from ISL are IOC members Issa Hayatou from Cameroon, also a vice-president of Fifa, and Brazil’s Joao Havelange, former Fifa president. His former son-in-law Ricardo Teixeira – not an IOC member but a member of Fifa’s ruling executive committee – is under investigation by Brazilian Federal Police for money laundering and tax evasion in connection with $9.5m allegedly received from ISL channelled through a Liechtenstein company. None of the officials responded to questions from The IoS.

The well-funded Qatari team have announced that if successful, they will stage the World Championships in September 2017, a later date than usual, in the climate-controlled Khalifa Stadium to avoid the summer heat. Long-distance events such as the marathon will be run at night. The IAAF has approved this change. Doha has already staged the World Indoor Championships.

London’s bid leader Lord Coe, Hugh Robertson, the sports minister, and Boris Johnson, London’s Mayor, will travel to Monaco to promote the bid. A video of David Cameron endorsing the bid will also be shown.


New Delhi: The Centre has extended by two months tenure of a Group of Ministers (GoM), headed by Defence Minister AK Antony, to examine the alleged irregularities in the conduct of last year’s Commonwealth Games, sources said.

According to the sources, the decision was taken after receiving recommendations from the GoM seeking more time to scrutinise documents, cross-check responses received from the different departments involved in alleged irregularities, and to decide the future course of action.

“There are voluminous records pertaining to the alleged wrongdoings in carrying out Games related works. The GoM wanted to peruse them properly to pinpoint responsibility and punish the guilty. A comprehensive report is likely to be submitted by the group by January-end next year,” a GoM member said.

Besides Antony, the high-powered panel has Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, Law Minister Salman Khurshid and Commerce Minister Anand Sharma as members. Minister of State in the PMO V Narayanasamy is a special invitee.

The GoM was made to examine Shunglu Committee reports on the alleged financial= and managerial lapses by different government departments in implementing several projects in the run up to the mega sporting event held here between October 3 and 14 last year.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on August 2 this year constituted a ministerial panel to examine the findings of the High Level Committee under the chairmanship of former Comptroller and Auditor General VK Shunglu, and asked it to submit its report within three months.

The High Level Committee (HLC) has submitted a total of six reports - on host broadcasting, Commonwealth Games Village, city infrastructure, games venues, Organising Committee and Organisation and Conduct of Commonwealth Games 2010 - to the PMO.

“The group has made considerable progress in its work. But there are still many things left to consider before coming up with its report,” the sources said.

[b]Former CWG Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi and sacked Secretary General Lalit Bhanot among others were arrested by the CBI earlier this year, and they are currently lodged in Tihar Jail for their alleged involvement in corrupt practices in implementing Games-related works.[/b]

Besides CBI, other agencies like Central Vigilance Commission, Income Tax department and Enforcement Directorate are also investigating alleged irregularities.

In a recent RTI reply, CVC had said that it was looking for alleged irregularities in the execution of 71 Commonwealth Games-related projects worth several crores by government, civic and construction agencies.

The IOC investigating somebody else for bribery–just another case of the pot calling the kettle black, I think. Also interesting that the leading(?) opposition candidate for President in the US was in charge of the Salt Lake City Olympic Organizing Committee that bribed multiple members of this same IOC (if not everybody) to win their Olympic bid.

I think I’d rather buy a used car from Dwain Chambers, if you follow my drift about a certain present controversy.

Government treats itself to £750,000 Olympic tickets (including £26,000 on beach volleyball and nearly £200,000 on the opening ceremony)

* Government bought 410 volleyball tickets for £26,600
* They purchased 213 passes for the opening ceremony and 142 for the closing ceremony

By Rob Cooper

Last updated at 11:39 AM on 7th November 2011

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The Government has spent almost £750,000 on tickets for the Olympics next summer, it has been revealed.

Jeremy Hunt’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport department blew £194,525 of taxpayers’ money on tickets for the opening ceremony alone.

They bought 213 of the sought-after passes - with 41 of them in the highest price band at £2012.12.

Civil servants have also purchased 410 tickets to the beach volleyball which will take place at Horse Guard’s Parade at a cost of £26,600.
Anger: The Government bought £750,000 worth of tickets for the games themselves

Anger: The Government bought £750,000 worth of tickets for the games themselves

* Opening ceremony - 212 tickets costing £194,525
* Closing ceremony - 142 costing £71,490

Ministers are also separately entitled to working accreditations for the games.

They bought £29,530 worth of passes for the diving - including for sold out events Tom Daley will be taking part in.

1.2 million people who applied missed out on in the ticket lottery altogether. Altogether 1.9million people entered the public ballot.


* Round Britain in 70 days: Olympic flame's 8,000-mile trip

Some of the allocation will be made available for civil servants to buy at face value.

However, the rest will be used by politicians to entertain guests and business leaders.
A great view: The Government bought 410 tickets for the beach volleyball - costing £14,295

A great view: The Government bought 410 tickets for the beach volleyball - costing £14,295

The Government also bought 142 tickets for the closing ceremony - costing taxpayers £71,490, according to figures released under freedom of information laws.

£33,085 was spent on 257 passes for the athletics at the Olympic Stadium.

They bought a remarkable 1,020 tickets for the mountain bike cycling in Southend. In addition, they got hold of 226 for the track events, costing £20,785.

Cyclist Bradley Wiggins, 31, told in June how his own family would be forced to watch him in action on television because he had missed out on tickets for his sold out event.

A spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said: 'Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games next summer is a once-in a-generation opportunity to showcase the UK to a massive international audience.

'We are determined to use this unique opportunity to maximise the economic benefits for the country.

'The Government has purchased 8,815 tickets for the Games - around 0.1 per cent of the 8.8 million tickets available.

'These will be used to invite and accompany a number of international and domestic political and business leaders, as well as guests with a close connection to the Games and its legacy.

‘As we have said before, there will be no free tickets for civil servants, and none available to them for the opening and closing ceremonies.’

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