UK Olympic Chief: Slavkov is Innocent till Proven Guilty

Novinite Insider » INTERVIEW | October 1, 2004, Friday // 00:00
UK Olympic Chief: Slavkov is Innocent till Proven Guilty 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: Is the report of the International Olympic Committee Ethics Commission on Ivan Slavkov confidential?

A: I am certain the report of the Ethics Commission will be confidential to the members of the IOC Executive Board who will have to decide what action, if any, to take.

Q: What weight will the report have in the further development of the case? Does it have legal implications?

A: The report will guide the IOC Executive Board. The Executive Board will then have to decide what action to take and this may result in a further proposal being made to the next IOC Session.

Q: Bulgaria's Prosecution started an investigation against BBC as local law forbids filming with a secret camera and instigation for corruption. How would you comment on that?

A: The methods used by the makers of the programme to obtain material are within the accepted guidelines in UK. If they are illegal in Bulgaria, I am not cognisant as to the remedies available in Bulgaria.

Q: In an interview with Serbian private TV channel B-92 Ivan Slavkov said IOC froze his membership in a "sudden fit of panic." How do you interpret his words?

A: The IOC Executive Board dealt with the matter quickly before the Athens Games.

Q: What will it take for the IOC session in Singapore next year to embrace or reject the ethics commission report? What are your projections?

A: The IOC Session will only be involved if the Executive Board decides to make a proposal that Mr. Slavkov be expelled. I have no knowledge of what further steps the Executive Board may take and it is wrong to make any predictions.

Q: Is it correct to call Slavkov guilty before the crucial IOC session in 2005?

A: Mr Slavkov is only suspended from membership pending the investigation of the allegations made against him.

We need your support so can keep delivering news and information about Bulgaria! Thank you!

Interview » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Bulgaria news (Sofia News Agency - is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." (Sofia News Agency - and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria