As promised the other day: The extended and overworked version of my presentation at Play the Game conference last week in Coventry – with important backgrounds about the new “associate member” of the Olympic Journalists Association:
The ISL bribery system: 138 million CHF for high-ranking officials in the Olympic world
A few weeks ago I had several discussions with IHF-President Hassan Moustafa. He told me:
We are a Handball-family. If anybody has a problem, we have to find a solution within our family – not outside the family.
I have heard quotes like this before. My old friend Joseph Blatter once said:
We don’t go to strangers. If we do have problems in our family, we use to solve the problems in the family. What happens in our family is not a topic for a jurisdiction outside our family. Regular courts are not a part of our family.
In this picture we can see Joseph Blatter with his longtime friend Jean-Marie Weber. They are members of the family, both the FIFA-President, also a member of the IOC, and the man who has paid an unbelievable amount on bribes to other family members. They are longtime friends.
This brings me straight to my topic: The ISL bribery system: 138 million CHF for high-ranking officials in the Olympic world.
It is a serial story. It is a never-ending story. The story began in the sixties and seventies of the last century when Horst Dassler, the former boss of the sportswear-giant Adidas, formed his so called “sport-political department”.
Later, in the early 1980s, after the groundbreaking Olympic Congress in Baden-Baden, in the new age of Olympic commercialization and professionalism, Horst Dassler also created a marketing company: International Sport and Leisure – ISL.
And to give you another example: this company, ISL, was the first to get IOC contracts to deal with the newly invented Olympic marketing program – TOP.
Don’t be afraid: I will not go back to the 1970s. Nor will I repeat the presentations I gave at former Play the Game conferences. But I would like you to understand that this also a never-ending journalistic story which, I think, began in 1992 with the book “The Lords of the Rings” written by Andrew Jennings and Vyv Simpson.
- In 2000 I presented some exclusive documents illustrating the circumstances under which the ISL group was able to secure the biggest TV- and sponsoring-package of the time, worldwide: the contracts for the FIFA World Cup 2002 and 2006.
- In 2002 I presented exclusive, original documents about the collapse of the world’s biggest sport-marketing company ISL.
- In 2005 and 2007 we discussed the dubious circumstances under which Swiss prosecutors had to work in the ISL case.
- Now, in 2009 we can take a look at the ISL bribery court case in Zug/Switzerland, which took place in spring 2008.