April 23, 2000 |
Juan Antonio Samaranch likes his guns--his collection includes some of the finest souvenir firearms the Salt Lake City Olympic bid committee could send his way--but that was a saber the International Olympic Committee president rattled, ever dramatically, in the direction of Athens the other day. Four years from the 2004 Summer Games, Samaranch is less than pleased with Athens' organizational preparation. Construction on a variety of venues is behind schedule. More hotels have to be built.
April 21, 2000 |
In an extraordinary public scolding that raised the possibility of Athens losing the 2004 Summer Olympics, senior International Olympic Committee officials declared Thursday that Greece faces monumental problems and needs to make "drastic changes" to get ready for the Games.
February 1, 2000 |
Juan Antonio Samaranch, the Spanish president of the International Olympic Committee, met Monday in New York City for six hours with Department of Justice prosecutors and FBI agents. Samaranch, 79, was interviewed as a witness, not a target of the Justice Department's investigation into Salt Lake City's scandal-tainted winning bid for the 2002 Winter Games. Among the topics were the roles of key Salt Lake City organizers and some IOC delegates.
December 16, 1999 |
In the first appearance by an International Olympic Committee president before Congress, Juan Antonio Samaranch turned in a virtuoso performance Wednesday that may ultimately be a turning point in public perception of the worst scandal in Olympic history. Cool and calm, he offered answers for every question lawmakers contentiously zinged his way--even as he asserted that a 50-point package of reforms the IOC endorsed last weekend has made it more open and accountable than ever before.
December 13, 1999 |
In a drama that offered potent proof of Juan Antonio Samaranch's enduring strength atop the Olympic movement, the International Olympic Committee on Sunday fully endorsed a wide-ranging reform package aimed at restoring its credibility and prestige.
December 5, 1999 |
It all began a year ago with the "B" word. Marc Hodler, a senior executive board member of the International Olympic Committee, was the first official to use "bribe" to describe the methods used by Salt Lake City to win the vote for the 2002 Winter Games. In November 1998, a Salt Lake television station obtained a leaked document disclosing that the city's Olympic bid team had set up a scholarship fund for the relatives of IOC members.
March 24, 1999 |
Juan Antonio Samaranch, you're no Theodosius I. When faced with the challenge of reforming the Olympic movement of his day, Theodosius did not expel a few graft-grabbing representatives from a handful of poor or insignificant city-states--small fish tossed into the kettle to save the skins of the rich and more powerful. Nor did he issue "the most serious of warnings" or form a couple of committees or order up any rigged "votes of confidence" in the Roman Senate.
March 16, 1999 |
An International Olympic Committee member who remains in relatively good standing was chatting casually with reporters Monday in the lobby of the luxurious Palace Hotel when they told him they were awaiting an appearance by Jean-Claude Ganga. Ganga, of the Republic of Congo, is one of the Salt Lake City Six, members who have been recommended for expulsion for accepting payoffs of one kind or another during the city's successful bid for the 2002 Winter Games.
January 26, 1999 |
The president just doesn't get it, Part Deux: Sitting in a conference room inside International Olympic Committee headquarters Monday, Juan Antonio Samaranch was taking measure of his 18 years as IOC president for the benefit of a small group of journalists. "I think I am pleased with myself," Samaranch said. "What I did, what I did during these 18 years--compare what was the Olympic movement 18 years ago to today.