John Coates reveals that Sydney won the rights to the 2000 Games thanks to a ‘cash injection’
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Olympic Games in theory, they should be considered a model of honesty, nobility and the spirit of healthy competition, but once again these “golden truths” are desecrated. According to The Guardian, an hour-long interview with the former head of the Australian Olympic Committee and the current vice president of the IOC was recently discovered. John Coates who stated that the choice of Sydney as the host city of the 2000 Olympics was “largely” ensured that the representatives of the Green Continent “bought the Games”.
In the video itself, recorded in 2008, Coates claims that he offered “cash” to two National Olympic Committees from Africa in exchange for votes in support of the Australian city during the 1993 vote.
“Obviously the IOC members from Kenya and Uganda were very excited to deal with me as I sat at the table with them at the big banquet the night before. So I just went up to them and said: look, if you vote for us and we pass, then I will give 50 thousand dollars to each of your national Olympic committees, 10 a year for the next 5 years, or in any other form that you want to spend on the development of sports, – Coates admitted, stating, however, that one of these sports functionaries credited the money to his personal account, which is why there were allegations of corruption.
In 1999, Coates was already under investigation on suspicion of involvement in bribing members of the IOC from Kenya Charles Mukore and Uganda Francis Nyangweso, but then he was found not guilty. The auditor who conducted the investigation considered that the money was not sent directly to the members of the IOC, but to local committees.
In addition, on behalf of the Australian Olympic Committee, Coates offered various subsidies and grants for the development of sports in Kenya and Uganda as part of Canberra’s international assistance program for African countries, as well as scholarships for training athletes and functionaries in Australian sports universities. While this type of “sponsorship” was permitted by IOC rules, after several scandals with the election of Salt Lake City’s candidacy to host the 2002 Winter Olympics, this practice was banned.