UK Olympic Chief: Bulgaria Could Still Host Olympics

Novinite Insider » INTERVIEW | August 11, 2004, Wednesday // 00:00
UK Olympic Chief: Bulgaria Could Still  Host Olympics Craig Reedie. Photo by BBC

Craig Reedie is a member of the International Olympic Committee, and the Chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA). He belongs to the Marketing, Coordination Commission Athens 2004, Coordination Commission Beijing 2008. His profession is Independent Financial Advisor.

Mr Reedie answered questions of Editor Nadya Dimitrova

Q: What will be the outcome of the IOC bribe scandal involving Bulgarian Ivan Slavkov?

A: The IOC Executive Board have accepted a recommendation from its Ethics Committee regarding Mr. Slavkov and have imposed a temporary suspension until their investigations are complete. It is not possible to speculate on the possible results of these investigations.

Q: Do you think that the scandal would affect Bulgaria's sportsmen at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games?

A: While it is possible that there will be some disappointment in the
Bulgarian team there should be no major effect on the athletes in the Athens Olympic Games.

Q: Do you think Bulgaria has lost its chances to host the 2014 Olympics?

A: No. The IOC are interested in the quality of the candidature.

Q: Will the BBC film deprive London from hosting the 2012 Olympic Games?

A: The television programme had nothing to do with London 2012 and is unlikely to affect the quality of the London candidature.

Q: How would you comment IOC president Jacques Rogge's words that corruption is still a threat to the Olympic Movement?

A: The President of the IOC has stated that he will adopt a "zero tolerance" approach to any member of the IOC who offends the rules of the IOC and its Code of Ethics.

Q: How can IOC combat the danger described by Mr Rogge as "threats to security, gigantism, doping and ethical violations"?

A: The President was outlining the major challenges facing the IOC. He was not making any comment on possible solutions.

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