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Wednesday, March 17, 1999
The IOC Expelled: How They Were AxedThe six International Olympic Committee members expelled Wednesday in the Salt Lake City bribery case (60 votes needed to expel; not all members present for all votes):
AGUSTIN ARROYO, 75, Ecuador. IOC member since 1968. Former president, Ecuadorian Olympic Committee and the Ecuadorian Judo Association; honorary president, Ecuadorian Taekwondo Federation. Former private secretary to Ecuador's president, former state Supreme Court judge, former ambassador to Britain. Company director.
Utah investigators said Arroyo's family received almost $21,000 in cash and benefits from Salt Lake bidders. Most of the money went to his stepdaughter but the IOC found Arroyo himself received almost $7,000 for condominium fees on a ski vacation. He also received a golden retreiver.
VOTE TO EXPEL: 72-12, 2 abstentions.
ZEIN EL ABDIN AHMED ABDEL GADIR, 58, Sudan. IOC member 1983-87 and again since 1990. Former president, Sudanese Olympic Committee; founder, Federation for School Sport; delegation leader, Sudanese teams at 1976 Olympics and 1978 World Cup. Founder, Sudanese Parachute Regiment; member, Revolutionary Command Council; former Sudanese government minister. One of the few IOC members to be appointed twice.
Gadir's son, Zuhair, received $17,000 from Salt Lake bidders while a student at Southern Mississippi, investigators found, and the IOC member benefited from other cash deposited in a phony bank account in France.
VOTE TO EXPEL: 86-4.
JEAN-CLAUDE GANGA, 64, Republic of Congo. IOC member since 1986. President, Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa. Former ambassador to China, Congo minister for tourism, sports and leisure since 1985.
Ganga, who led the African boycott of the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, and his family received $270,000 in cash, medical and travel expenses and lavish gifts from Salt Lake. He also made a $60,000 profit on a land deal in Utah arranged by a member of the Salt Lake bid and organizing committees.
VOTE TO EXPEL: 88-2.
LAMINE KEITA, 65, Mali. IOC member since 1977. President, Malian National Olympic Committee, National Sports Committee and Malian Basketball Federation; vice president, international basketball federation (FIBA); first vice president, Islamic Federation of Olympic Solidarity. Engineer, ambassador, international consultant, minister of industrial development and tourism.
Investigators found that Keita "knowingly permitted" organizers to make payments totaling more than $97,000 from 1993-97 to support his son at University of Utah.
VOTE TO EXPEL: 72-16, 1 abstention.
SERGIO SANTANDER, 72, Chile. IOC members since 1992. Former vice president, South American Sports Organization. President, Chilean Olympic Committee.
Santander received Santander $10,000 from Tom Welch to help finance his campaign for mayor of Pirque, near Santiago, Chile.
VOTE TO EXPEL: 76-12.
PAUL WALLWORK, 57, Samoa. IOC member since 1987. Former Chairman, Samoan Olympic Committee and national Amateur Sports Federation. Former chairman, Samoan boxing, weightlifting and rugby federations. Teacher, college principal. Secretary, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Cultural Affairs. Weightlifting silver medalist, 1974 Commonwealth Games.
Utah investigators said Wallwork's wife received a $30,000 loan from former Salt Lake Olympics chief Tom Welch, which was later repaid. The IOC investigation also said Wallwork's family received more than $67,000 in travel benefits from Salt Lake.
VOTE TO EXPEL: 67-19, 2 abstentions.