Sports must fight corruption: Rogge

by AP on May 12, 2011

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Sports leaders must fight against corruption to prevent the type of bribery scandal shaking football's governing body FIFA, IOC President Jacques Rogge says.

Rogge told The Associated Press that English allegations about six senior FIFA officials - a quarter of the 24-man executive committee - receiving or demanding bribes for their World Cup votes are bad for the image of world sport.

The International Olympic Committee leader on Wednesday called on sports bodies to work "on both fronts" to tackle corruption on and off the field of play.

"We have to fight against that. We have absolutely to make sure that sport on the management level is clean and also sport on the athletic level is clean," Rogge said on the sidelines of a United Nations conference on achieving peace through sports.

"In terms of the champions, there is always the threat of doping. In terms of management of sport, there is the threat of unethical practices."

Rogge stressed that claims made of FIFA corruption during a British Parliamentary inquiry on Tuesday must be backed "by solid proof."

The IOC has asked for its ethics commission to receive any evidence of wrongdoing by FIFA vice president and IOC member Issa Hayatou.

The IOC dealt with its own bribery scandal in 1999, with 10 members expelled or forced to resign over allegations of vote-buying during Salt Lake City's winning bid for the 2002 Winter Olympics.