Published: 5:50 am, Sat. Mar. 12th, 2011
LONDON (AP) — The International Olympic Committee has cleared the organizer for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver of wrongdoing during bidding for the event.
Bid chief executive John Furlong said in his memoirs that a deal with Moscow’s mayor may have been crucial in Vancouver’s victory.
The disclosure had raised the specter of possible violations of IOC ethics and bidding rules.
But the IOC said in a statement on Saturday that because the mayor is “not an IOC member there is no concern … John has confirmed to us in writing that no IOC member was involved in any unauthorized discussion.”
The statement stressed that “there is no evidence of wrongdoing.”