SEOUL: The shadow of voting scandal has resurfaced in the Olympic movement two months after the end of the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang.
The Seoul Broadcasting System has reported that the South Korean justice investigation into former president Lee Myung-bak uncovered a list of 27 IOC members who agreed to vote for PyeongChang in exchange for marketing contracts or partnership agreements with the electronic giant Samsung, IOC partner in the TOP program.
Lee Myung-bak, president of South Korea between 2008 and 2013, was arrested last March and then indicted on Monday for corruption, abuse of power, embezzlement and tax evasion.
PyeongChang was selected by the IOC at the 123rd session on July 6, 2011 in Durban. The Korean city had won in the first round of voting, with 63 votes, against 25 in Munich and 7 in Annecy.
According to SBS , the plan was organised by Lee Kun-hee, the current ceo of Samsung, and Papa Massata Diack, the son of Lamine Diack, the former president of the IAAF.
Lee was a member of the IOC until last year.
Papa Massata Diack has been suspended for life from the IAAF by the Court of Arbitration for Sport over allegations of corruption, fraud and money laundering.