POSTED: October 26th 2010

Rogge stands by IOC rules in bidding process after FIFA vote-rigging scandal

(L to R) IOC media director Mark Adams and IOC president Jacques Rogge / lake images
(L to R) IOC media director Mark Adams and IOC president Jacques Rogge / lake images

LAURA WALDEN & KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

ACAPULCO/ZURICH, Oct 26: IOC president Jacques Rogge stands firmly behind the IOC rules in place regarding the host city bidding process. He was questioned in Acapulco about the FIFA vote scandal that has rocked the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process.

Last week FIFA’s ethics committee banned executive committee members Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii from all football activities provisionally after allegations of World Cup bid vote-fixing.

During his concluing press conference after ANOC general assembly and an executive board meeting the IOC chief affirmed that he had been contacted right away by FIFA head and IOC member Sepp Blatter: “Yes I had a discussion with him as he was so kind to inform me when the whole issue emerged and he kept me informed as to what they had done as far as FIFA was concerned.

“Of course I encouraged him to do exactly what he has done and to try to bring out as much as possible. We’ve been through this period as you know with Salt Lake City and I think the IOC took the right conclusions. We took a lot of measures with the ethics commission. We abolished the member’s visits to the cities and included strict rules on the conflict of interest.

“Definitely I am sure the IOC came out of the crisis as a better and more transparent organization - and I hope that that will be the case with them.

Human nature

“Could it happen to the IOC?  I would hope not, I believe that the rules that have been put in place definitely protect us as much as possible. But you can never say never in life because cheating is a part of human nature.

“Today we have strict rules and I believe that this protects us as much as possible.”

Today in Switzerland it was reported that a legal revision may be enacted that will hold directors and officials of international sports organisations responsible for criminal action concerning alleged corruption and bribery in office. Until now they have been exempt.

Parliamentarians have raised voices in concern over what they consider a lack of legal supervision for organisations such as FIFA, UEFA and the International Olympic Committee which has been highlighted by the current allegations swirling around the world and European football federations.

Keywords · IOC · FIFA · World Cup · Jacques Rogge · Sepp Blatter

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