French Olympics Official Quits Amid Corruption

Olympic Official Quits Paris Bid (BBC)

France’s former sports minister has withdrawn from the Paris bid to stage the 2012 Olympic Games because of his involvement in a corruption court case.

Guy Drut is also standing down from his duties within the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

He says he is innocent of the charges but does not want to harm the capital’s chances of hosting the 2012 Games.

France, Olympics, corruption — if it weren’t such a familiar tale, perhaps I’d express shock. I’m only surprised that the Russian mafia isn’t somehow involved (or so it seems).

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Robert blogged prolifically at OTB from November 2004 to August 2005, when career demands took him in a different direction. He graduated summa cum laude from Claremont McKenna College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and earned his Master in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.


  1. mike k says:

    Give it some time.