Killy Expects Olympic Policy Change
PARIS (AP) _ Jean-Claude Killy, a gold-medal skier and successful Olympic organizer who is now an IOC member, expects a major change in the way cities are picked to stage the games.
Killy, attending the launch of Paris’ bid for the 2008 Summer Games, said Thursday he was taken aback by the extent of the accusations of IOC executive board member Marc Hodler.
Hodler said Salt Lake City’s successful bid for the 2002 Winter Games was tainted, pointing to a scholarship fund that he called a bribe, then claimed knowledge of misconduct in voting for the Summer Games to Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000) and Winter Games to Nagano (1998).
``I am surprised he spoke about Atlanta. There is only proof in the case of Salt Lake City,″ Killy told The Associated Press. ``Hodler has generalized, and I don’t like to do that.″
Killy said he was unaware of corruption in the selection of host venues. However, ``I am not saying that it doesn’t exist,″ he added.
Killy thinks a new voting system will be in place by 2001, when the 2008 venue will be decided.
Hodler has suggested that a smaller panel, not the general IOC membership, make the decision. Killy said such a move would have merits but would prove controversial.
``The universalism of the Olympic movement is very important,″ he said. ``I believe that the IOC will take adequate measures. But it must act quickly. We must face a real problem.″
Killy serves on the IOC’s finance and Salt Late City control committees, both chaired by Hodler, and led Albertville’s successful bid for the 1992 Winter Games.
``Hodler is very honest and I have enormous respect for him,″ Killy said. ``But what he said surprised me.″
Organizers of the Paris bid sought to separate themselves from the scandal.
``It doesn’t worry me,″ Paris mayor Jean Tiberi said. ``It changes nothing.″
The early favorite for the 2008 Games is Beijing. The other candidates are Toronto; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Istanbul, Turkey; Osaka, Japan; and Seville, Spain.