How does IOC President Thomas Bach manage the crisis around the Tokyo Games? Criticism is stifled and there is no financial plan for sports federations affected by the postponement.
— Jens Weinreich (@JensWeinreich) July 20, 2017
BUDAPEST. Is FINA at the crossroads to be targeted as an international crime syndicate by legal authorities in several countries? Can FINA’s case develop to a FIFA-light criminal case? Will FINA’s business be under the RICO act, too? The acronym RICO stands for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, under which the criminal investigations of the DOJ, the FBI, the IRS and other authorities have been conducted. The investigations are going on and have reached a new level – an international level touching some major Olympic institutions: the IOC, OCA, FINA, AFC and others.
You may need some arguments to judge the developments in the FINA family and several signs of serious misconduct of FINA’s First Vice President Husain Al-Musallam, known as The Captain, known as co-conspirator #3 in a spectacular FIFA indictment (the Richard Lai case), alongside of his boss at OCA and other institutions, co-conspirator #3 Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.
In case you missed the statement of the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the Lai case:
The guilty plea announced today is part of an investigation into corruption in international soccer being led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, the FBI New York Field Office, and the IRS-CI Los Angeles Field Office. The prosecutors in Brooklyn are receiving considerable assistance from attorneys in various parts of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division in Washington, D.C., including the Office of International Affairs, the Organized Crime and Gang Section, the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, and the Fraud Section, as well as from INTERPOL Washington. (…)
Stated Special Agent-in-Charge Rowe: “Co-conspirators may try to hide and launder the proceeds of their corrupt self-enrichment, but as mentioned in the legal documents filed today, IRS-CI Special Agents will trace and uncover those funds both through the U.S. financial system and beyond, to offshore jurisdictions in locations such as Asia, the Middle East, and around the globe.”
Special Agents will trace and uncover those funds both through the U.S. financial system and beyond, to offshore jurisdictions in locations such as Asia, the Middle East, and around the globe.
„We need to be transparent“, says Husain Al-Musallam at the tape, who loves to speak about „10 per cent“, which sounds like a bad joke – since co-conspirator #2 refuses to answer a single questions of journalists doing their job. At least he did not answer three emails with two dozens of questions I have sent him this week.
Instead of answering those questions of Craig Lord (swimvortex.com, The Times), Martyn Ziegler (The Times) and myself, Al-Musallam has used a website (insidethegames.biz) as his PR mouthpiece.
There is obviously a business relation existing between ANOC, OCA (both under control of their President Sheikh Ahmad and his aid Al-Musallam, co-conspirators #2 and #3). That is why one may ask if it has influenced the ‚coverage‘.
Anyway, I do have documents about payments (GBP 6,000) from at least one olympic IF president suggesting to get an ‚interview‘ published at an olympic devoted website – and this is a topic of further investigation.
For now, I would like to share some basic information including the full Al-Musallam tape.
1) Listen to the Al-Musallam tape. This is the 20 min material, covered worldwide since Tuesday night. I did not cut anything. I did not changed anything, of course not:
The so-called Olympic movement has showed a surprisingly strong interest in the first part of the report on the presidential race in the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The acronym ABB seems to have electrified people. It stands for “Anyone But Bach” – referring to the clear favorite among the six contenders for the IOC Presidency, the German Thomas Bach.
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On April 21st this year, most senior IOC officials met in Tianjin, northern part of China. On this day, the „Juan Antonio Samaranch Memorial Museum“ was opened, planned by the architect Ching-Kuo Wuo (Taiwan), another one of the six presidential candidates. At this occasion a conspiratorial-sounding abbreviation was used for the first time. ABT: „Anything but Thomas“. Sometime in May it changed to ABB.
Of course, the five challengers of Thomas Bach discreetly promote the ABB story among their peers. But one of them, Ser Miang Ng from Singapore, currently thought to be number two or three in the presidential race, now argues more offensively with a historical fact:
There have been eight presidents in IOC history. Seven from Europe, one from the U.S. – but none from the biggest and most populous continent. None from Asia.
So perhaps the ABB will be replaced by an ABE: From anywhere but Europe?