Official Logo for the hosting of the IOC Congress in Copenhagen

Jean-Marie Weber AKA The Bagman

Rio logo

Photo of Palenfo

Old black and white photo of Samaranch giving a NAZI salute

Image of the Eiffel Tower with a giant cat leaning against it

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The things they say...

‘Neither FIFA nor its President have anything to hide, nor do they wish to.’

Blatter press release, 28 January, 2003

BBC Panorama Reporter Andy Davies:

‘A one million franc bribe … is it not correct that Mr Blatter asked that it be moved to the FIFA official who was named on the payment slip?’

FIFA Director of Communications Markus Siegler:

‘If you do not stop now, then we call the security and we put you out.’

FIFA Press conference, Zurich, Tuesday, 11 April 2006

‘I am deputy chairman of the finance committee of FIFA. I oversee a budget of US$2 billion and I have never seen one iota of corruption.’

Jack Warner, Trinidad Express 12 December 2004

‘Lying and deception and bad faith are standard operating procedure at FIFA.’

Adam C. Silverstein, a lawyer for MasterCard in their successful action against FIFA, New York, December 1, 2006

‘I do not believe a Jew can ever be a referee at that level (Argentine Premier League) because it’s hard work and, you know, Jews don’t like hard work.’

FIFA senior vice-president and chair of Finance Committee, Julio Grondona, 5 July 2003. Buenos Aires

‘FIFA is a healthy, clean and transparent organisation with nothing to hide. There is huge public interest in FIFA, therefore we have to be as transparent as possible. We will try to communicate in a more open way so the world can believe us and be proud of their federation.’

FIFA General Secretary Urs Linsi, January 2003, on


The Bagman is welcome at IOC and other tales from Copenhagen, October 2009



These are some of the stories that most of the international media would not touch because it might upset their cosy relationships with IOC members.


Explore – and enjoy - all the links! There’s lots of disclosures, candid videos and fun pictures. And some very serious issues.







Shock! Horror! Who smuggled the Bagman into the IOC Congress?










The Taboo Topic: Did Rio pay bribes?









Digging out the secret history of an African IOC member









The Danes dig out that photo of former IOC President Samaranch in 1974 exercising his right arm in the Good Old Days of dictatorship. Watch the Crown Prince avoiding discussing such a sleazy subject






Looking back to the last IOC Congress in Paris 1994. And read Thomas Bach’s speech this year – and crack the coded message to the members he hopes will elect him next President







Fun at the palace, Bagman and sleepy days in the Congress. And meet ‘An Olympic Hero’