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SPORTS POLITICS: Panorama prompts BOA's salvage bid.

British Olympic Association chairman Craig Reedie is frantically trying to salvage London's faltering 2012 Olympic bid.

Reedie was forced on to the defensive by unfavourable International Olympic Committee reaction to the BBC Pano-rama documentary which led to Bulgarian representative Ivan Slavkov being suspended from the organisation.

While the IOC are continuing their investigations into the allegations that Slavkov was prepared to accept gifts from undercover reporters posing as London businessmen trying to gain support for the capital's bid - claims which the Bulgarian fiercely denies - Reedie is attempting to limit the damaging impact of the programme on the IOC.

'There is no doubt the programme has victimised London's bid,' Reedie said.

'What I am trying to do is make sure as many of my IOC colleagues understand the situation as possible. I am getting a hearing, which is something. I guess we will only find out how sympathetic it is next summer [when the decision is made].'

Every member of the IOC committee will have the chance to sit through a special screening of the documentary following the Ethics Committee's eager acceptance of a request from Spanish representative Juan Antonio Samaranch junior.

Privately, members of the London 2012 bid team are furious with the BBC over the methods used to make the programme which they believe will lead to problems in trying to communicate with IOC members, who meet in Singapore next summer to award hosting rights for 2012.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Aug 11, 2004
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