26 January, 2021

Ashwini Kumar

India's man in the IOC says the charges of bribery against him are flimsy

Ashwini Kumar
The Ethics Committee has accused you of obtaining a ticket worth about $5,000 for Budapest.
I've communicated my stand to the International Olympic Committee headquarters. No member of my family or guest on my behalf visited Budapest in '95 on account of the SLOC (Salt Lake Organising Committee) Bid Committee. Only I visited Budapest on my return journey from Salt Lake City to New Delhi, at no extra cost to anyone.

How did the chairman of the Manchester Bid for the 2000 Olympics help your daughter get admission in the London School Of Economics?
He got us just the admission form. My daughter, who had a brilliant academic record, got admission for strategic studies in 1994. The School has strict admission rules.

Is it an "Anglo- Saxon conspiracy to tarnish Third World members"?
I didn't say this. It's what members from developing countries in Latin America, South Asia, Africa, southern Europe and eastern Europe feel.

Have you been targeted because you're close to IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch?
I feel targeted. All...


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