Sudanese IOC Member Got $24K Loan
Jan. 25, 1999
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) _ The International Olympic Committee delegate from Sudan ousted in the Salt Lake City bribery scandal, admitted today that he received $24,000, but insisted it was a loan.
Gen. Zein el-Abdin Ahmed Abdel-Gadir told The Associated Press that he had accepted the money as a loan to help cover the cost of his son's studies in the United States.
``Salt Lake City had proposed paying $1,000 to cover my son's monthly study expenses, and we agreed that the money is considered a loan and will be repaid on graduation,'' Abdel-Gadir. ``That was my condition and that was how it went.''
He said he had told the IOC about the loan when he answered a questionnaire sent by investigators.
``We have explained this to the committee,'' Abdel-Gadir said. ``But this is an exceptional circumstance and, in such cases, we know the reaction would not be normal.''
Abdel-Gadir was ousted Sunday along with five other members in an unprecedented housecleaning stemming from the biggest corruption scandal in Olympic history. Another delegate also resigned Sunday.