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Toronto Seeks 1996 Games Bid Audit

March 8, 1999

TORONTO (AP) _ Mayor Mel Lastman has ordered an audit to determine whether a Canadian Olympic official was in conflict of interest when she received consulting fees while serving as an officer on Toronto’s failed bid for the 1996 Olympics.

Lastman also said he will make public all documents pertaining to the bid for the Summer Games, and the contracts awarded to Carol Anne Letheren, providing they still exist.

During the late 1980s, Letheren was vice president of communications and marketing for the Toronto bid committee, and a volunteer member of the Canadian Olympic Association.

She currently is secretary general and chief executive officer of the COA, and sits on the board of directors of the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid Corp., the private company vying for the rights to host the 2008 Summer Games.

Letheren also is one of Canada’s two voting delegates to the International Olympic Committee. The other is IOC vice president Dick Pound of Montreal, who is investigating allegations that IOC members received cash and gifts in exchange for their support for cities seeking to host the Olympics.

Lastman previously said he would conduct an audit of the 1996 Olympic bid, then announced there would be no audit.

But Lastman said Sunday an audit must be conducted after a story in the Toronto Star reported firms in which Letheren was a partner had a ``questionable consulting arrangement″ with the Toronto Ontario Olympic Committee, including a three-year deal at $8,000 per month.

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