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Tuesday, March 23, 1999
IOC rejects Quebec City requestQUEBEC (AP) -- The IOC rejected Quebec City's demand for compensation to cover the cost of its failed bid for the 2002 Winter Games, city officials say.
The city requested $8 million in compensation last month after an IOC investigation determined that some of its members received improper gifts from organizers of the successful bid by Salt Lake City.
Quebec officials said the request was turned down by IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch, who wrote that there were no grounds for compensation.
Quebec City's mayor, Jean-Paul L'Allier, told a city council meeting that he never expected the IOC would pay compensation, but had hoped for an expression of regret,
"The rules were not respected," L'Allier said. "That is our complaint."