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appointed Director of Sport,
Christopher Jones, has earmarked a
national sports policy, the rebuilding
of morale among stakeholders as well
as upgrades to sporting facilities, as
key objectives during his tenure.
Jones, who recently replaced the
long-serving Neil Kumar, says there
was much work to be done in
restoring the image of the sports
industry in the country. "There is also
an urgent need to establish
relationships with many of those
federations and associations that are
out there because for reasons best
known to the previous body, those
relationships were strained or even
absent," Jones said here. He added:
"Another thing is the establishment of
a sports policy so that it can guide us
and the people of this nation...there is
a draft that was not implemented and
we will re-visit it and get input from."
The administrator also said that the
upkeep of local facilities needed to be
addressed as a matter of urgency.
"We're doing some field visits to
some of these locations now and
there are a lot of upgrades of those
facilities that need to be done."
New Sports Director ready to roll out plans
West Indies spin
BISHOO took 6/80 in
33 overs in the first
innings of the first Test
match against Aus-
tralia at Windsor Park,
"The decision has
already been made on
Shiv and we have to
move on at this
West Indies Test
RAMDIN says Shivnar-
ine Chanderpaul will
not play in the second
Test against Australia.
2711, 2212, 2192)
LONDON---A global sports organisa-
tion pummeled by a corruption scan-
The president under pressure to
resign. The US Justice Department and
FBI leading the investigation. Sponsors
clamouring for reform.
FIFA in 2015?
This was the crisis facing the Inter-
national Olympic Committee in the
late 1990s. The IOC, however, managed
to move quickly to clean itself up and
enact reforms that helped restore cred-
ibility and confidence in the Olympic
Now, the IOC is being held as a
model for FIFA to follow as its tries to
dig itself out of the biggest bribery
scandal in its 111-year history. According
to the man who helped lead the IOC
cleanup, it will be a much more difficult
challenge for soccer s governing body.
"It s a complete and utter mess," sen-
ior IOC member Dick Pound told The
Associated Press. "It may be too late."
Pound, a Canadian lawyer, headed
the internal investigation into the
bribery allegations that rocked the IOC
to its foundations. The case, which
broke in December 1998, centered on
the cash, scholarships, medical care,
lavish gifts and other favours linked to
Salt Lake City s winning bid for the
2002 Winter Olympics.
The inducements totaled about $1
million---mere peanuts compared to the
more than $150 million cited by the
Justice Department in its probe of
bribery, racketeering, money-laundering
and wire fraud at FIFA over more than
While the scale of the Salt Lake City
allegations was much smaller, the crisis
was arguably more severe for the IOC.
The organisation was held to a higher
standard because of the ethical values
and ideals associated with the Olympics.
Six IOC member expelled,
"It was a lot more critical for us,"
Pound said by telephone from Montreal.
"Our basic existence was hanging in
the balance. In the sense of football,
so many people know it s crooked. It
doesn t have the same ethical platform
that we did." Pound s investigation led
to the expulsion of six IOC members,
the resignation of four members and
severe warnings for several others.
Unlike in the FIFA case, no members
faced criminal charges.
Under embattled President Juan
Antonio Samaranch, the IOC brought
in outside experts to help reshape the
organisation. Within about a year, the
IOC approved a 50-point reform pack-
age that included a ban on member
visits to bid cities, creation of an inde-
pendent ethics committee and term
"We took it seriously and did what
we had to do," Pound said. "I don t
know whether FIFA is willing or even
able to do the same sort of thing."
While no one considers the IOC per-
fect or beyond reproach, Pound said
the organisation is now viewed in a
very different light.
"Everybody accepts that the old days
are way behind us and that we operate
on the basis of best practice," he said.
"In that respect, we re kind of a poster
child for a lot of the other organisations
that really need this."
FIFA faces major challenge
Does FIFA have the chance to carry
out a similar turnaround?
"The problem with FIFA is that this
has been dragging out there for a few
years," former IOC marketing director
Michael Payne told the AP. "It s like a
death by a thousand cuts, which under-
US prosecutors brought criminal
charges against Salt Lake bid leaders
Tom Welch and Dave Johnson, but both
men were acquitted by a judge halfway
through a federal trial.
In the FIFA case, the Justice Depart-
ment has indicted 14 people, including
seven soccer officials who were arrested
in a dawn police raid on a Zurich hotel
last week. US authorities are also look-
ing specifically at Blatter, but he has
not been formally charged.
Blatter announced his resignation
Tuesday, four days after winning re-
election to a fifth term. He said he
would stay as president until a new
election can be held and would work
to reform FIFA until then.
As the IOC scandal unfolded, Sama-
ranch also faced calls to resign, but he
hung on and the members rallied
behind him as the man to drive through
the reform process.
"Our conclusion was that you ve got
a better chance with him there of get-
ting this done than if you chucked him
out and got somebody else," Pound
said. While Russian President Vladimir
Putin and some other politicians have
criticised American authorities for lead-
ing the investigation into FIFA, Pound
said there should be no escape from
the "long arm of the US"
"Sometimes you get a little annoyed
about the US flexing its muscles," he
said, "but if you didn t have something
like that, it would go on and on and
on. It s one of these things, if it s wrong,
it s wrong." (AP)
(See more stories on page 51)
...'It may be too late for FIFA'
Man who led IOC scandal probe
In this Friday, December 5, 2003 file photo, Tom Welch smiles as he leaves
federal court as a free man, in Salt Lake City. Former Salt Lake Olympic bid
committee member Welch. The IOC is being held up as a model for FIFA to follow
as its tries to dig itself out of the biggest corruption scandal in its 111-year
In this Monday February 4, 2002 file
photo, World Anti-Doping Agency
Chairman Dick Pound speaks about the
agency's report during a press
conference at the Winter Olympic media
center in Salt Lake City. AP PHOTOS
In this Thursday, December 4, 2003
file photo, Dave Johnson smiles as he
leaves federal court after a motion to
dismiss was made by the defense, in
Salt Lake City.
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