IOC can sanction members for past cases, Rogge says

December 13, 2010 17:44

MIES, Switzerland — An IOC inquiry prompted by FIFA corruption allegations can seek sanctions against members implicated in wrongdoing before they joined the Olympic body, Jacques Rogge said Monday.

The International Olympic Committee president said the organization has strict ethics rules for dealing with any member who "has become tainted" after past allegations are proven.

"The whole issue is about the reputation of the IOC potentially being tainted if facts are proven for a person that was not an IOC member at that time," Rogge told reporters.

The IOC ethics commission asked the BBC two weeks ago to pass on evidence aired in a TV documentary alleging that African football president Issa Hayatou took a kickback from FIFA's former marketing agency in 1995.

Hayatou became an IOC member in 2001.

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