LAURENT GILLIERON, AP
FILE – In this March 2, 2016, file photo, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, of Germany, left, speaks with IOC member Anita DeFrantz, of the United States, right, at an IOC executive board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. DeFrantz, a bronze medalist in rowing at the 1976 Olympic, has won her second term as vice president of the International Olympic Committee on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP, File)
SALT LAKE CITY — The International Olympic Committee — that traveling circus of bribery and corruption — is facing another scandal.
Is anybody in Salt Lake City surprised?
IOC member Carlos Nuzman, the organizer of the 2016 Summer Olympics, is accused of making a $2 million payment into the account of Papa Massata Diack two days before Rio won the bid to host the Games. Diack, who has been banned from international athletics for corruption, is the son of former IOC member Lamine Diack. According to The Guardian, Lamine Diack is believed to have voted for Rio in exchange for the money.
Lamine Diack was forced to resign as president of the IAAF (track and field’s governing body) in 2015 amid charges of corruption and money laundering lodged against him and his sons.
Last year it was revealed that $1.5 million was transferred from a bank in Japan to a company called Black Tidings in a 2013 transaction marked “Tokyo 2020 Olympic Game bid.” The owner of the account reportedly is Papa Diack, who is wanted by French authorities.
Meanwhile, Sepp Blatter, another prominent member of the IOC for 16 years who also served as president of FIFA (soccer’s governing body), was kicked out of FIFA in 2015 for corruption.
Issa Hayatou remained an IOC member until 2016 despite repeated charges of corruption, including taking bribes in Qatar’s successful World Cup bid. He remains one of 40 “honorary members” of the IOC (as does Patrick Hickey, who was arrested in a Rio ticket scandal).
In other words, it’s business as usual at the IOC.
If nothing else, all of the above is further vindication for Salt Lake City and its role in the bid scandal to secure the 2002 Winter…