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’96 Olympic Bid Group Found Scams

January 13, 1999

TORONTO (AP) _ A senior member of the Toronto 1996 Olympic bid group says it was scammed by corporate members of the International Olympic Committee, the Toronto Sun reports today.

The unidentified member of the bid team (TOOC) told the newspaper of an elaborate series of travel scams perpetrated by some members of the IOC during the bidding process for the 1996 Games.

Among the scams:

_ The Toronto group would send an IOC member two first-class, round-trip plane tickets, as the IOC rules stated at the time. The member would cash in the tickets, keep the money and not travel to Toronto _ or cash in the first-class tickets and travel economy, pocketing the difference.

_ An IOC member would demand cash or tickets for more than one guest. Even though the Toronto group realized it was a breach of IOC rules to provide more than two tickets, it agreed to the request rather than jeopardize the Olympics.

_ An IOC member would receive two tickets from TOOC, arrive in the city with a ticket paid for by another source (either the IOC or another bid city), cash in the ticket and keep the money.

_ In 1990, Toronto and Atlanta were bidding for the 1996 Summer Games and Salt Lake City, Utah, was bidding for the 2002 Winter Games. The bid official told the Sun that certain IOC members would take advantage of that situation by requesting first-class, round-trip tickets from each bid city in North America. The individuals would then use one set of tickets, cash in the other two and take cheaper connecting flights between the three North American cities.

These scams were documented by the Toronto bid team and presented to the IOC in January of 1991, just a few months before Atlanta was selected to host the ’96 Games.

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