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Chilean IOC Member May Resign

February 21, 1999

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) _ The Chilean IOC member implicated in the Olympic bribery scandal intends to resign Monday as president of his country’s national Olympic committee, a Chilean newspaper reported Sunday.

Sergio Santander faces expulsion from the International Olympic Committee in the fallout from Salt Lake City’s tainted bid for the 2002 Games.

Luis Moreno, acting president of the Chilean committee, told the Santiago newspaper El Mercurio that he got a phone call about the resignation from a ``completely credible″ friend of Santander’s.

Moreno has been acting Chilean committee president since Santander was suspended Feb. 8.

Santander was reported resting at a farm in southern Chile after spending nearly 10 days at a clinic recovering from depression.

Santander has admitted receiving $4,700 from Tom Welch, former president of the Salt Lake City bid organizers, but he called it a personal contribution to his unsuccessful political campaign to run for Chilean congress in 1993.

Moreno was not available for comment Sunday.

Santander is one of five IOC officials to be expelled in March. Four more already have resigned, three are under investigation while another received a severe reprimand.

Last week Cristian Rodriguez, secretary general of the Chilean Olympic Committee, resigned although he denied accusations that he acted as a go-between in gaining favors for Santander.

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