IOC unconcerned about Russian deal: Furlong

By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

John Furlong claimed Monday the International Olympic Committee is not worried about the secret Russian deal that may have won Vancouver the 2010 Winter Olympics.

"I had a two-minute conversation and I sent them two or three notes and they expressed no concern to me at all," Furlong said on a conference call.

Furlong's memoir, Patriot Hearts, said Vancouver's 2010 bid team agreed in 2003 to give a workshop to the Moscow 2012 Summer Olympics bidders in exchange for Russia's votes. He claimed no wrongdoing, despite the IOC's ethical code stating no promises or favours of any value are allowed.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said he would check Tuesday with the ethics commission regarding the status of its request for more details from Furlong.

"The current Russians had nothing to do with this, this was to do with the 2012 Olympic Games bid they were making," Furlong said. "We helped them and many other countries, as is our obligation."

London beat Moscow and three other cities for the 2012 Games, but Russian resort Sochi won the 2014 Winter Games. The three Russian IOC members eligible to vote for Vancouver on July 2, 2003 in Prague were Vitaly Smirnov, Shamil Tarpischev and Alexander Popov. All three are now members of Sochi 2014's supervisory board.

bob.mackin@sunmedia.ca

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