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15 May 2000
Olympic News, Press Release

Lausanne, 15 May 2000 - By letter dated 23 June 1999, The Ethics Commission has been asked by the IOC Executive Board to look into the reply by Mr Chris Ball, former CEO of the Cape Town 2004 Bid, to the circular dated 29 January 1999 by the IOC President to NOCs of countries having had cities bidding for the organising of the Olympic Games. This reply contained allegations against Mr Ivan Slavkov.

Mr Ball has indicated in a letter dated 10 February 1999 that « Ivan Slavkov was preceded to Cape Town by a Bulgarian businessman carrying a letter, ostensibly signed by Slavkov, appointing him as authorised representative of the Bulgarian NOC. The businessman suggested to me that he could obtain six votes for Cape Town for US$ 100,000 each…. »

Following a preliminary discussion at its meeting on 27 September 1999, the Ethics Commission decided to further examine this file.

The Commission has received additional information from M. Chris Ball and M. Ivan Slavkov  and has heard them in Lausanne on 6th March 2000. The Commission has also sent its secretary, Shahbaz Behnam, to Sofia in order to contact the « businessman » mentioned above.

The results of an enquiry conducted by the secretary of the Ethics Commission, acting as a proxy for the Commission, and of the thorough examination of all the gathered elements, do not show that the facts reproached to Mr Ivan Slavkov have been established.


The Commission, after an exhaustive examination of the gathered facts and elements, proposes to the IOC Executive Board not to pursue the examination of the Slavkov affair. However, the Commission suggests that the IOC ask its members to be extremely careful when giving letters of recommendation to Olympic parties or to third persons, in relation with an Olympic candidature.

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