Samsung denies Pyeongchang Olympic lobbying allegation

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung has denied a media news it launched unlawful lobbying to assistance move a 2018 Winter Olympics to Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The Seoul-based SBS radio network reported final week Samsung attempted to use as a lobbyist Papa Massata Diack, a son of Lamine Diack, a ashamed former conduct of a International Association of Athletics Federations.

The SBS pronounced a son requested Samsung to pointer a $9.5 million sponsorship for a IAAF’s Diamond League circuit from 2010-2012 in lapse for presumably lobbying some IOC members to support Pyeongchang’s bid. The SBS formed a conjecture on email exchanges between Samsung and Papa Massata Diack that it says were contained among papers South Korean prosecutors confiscated in a raid on Samsung over a apart crime review final year.

Samsung has responded by job a SBS news inaccurate. It says it’s sealed legitimate sponsorship contracts with many general sports organizations, including a IAAF.

In late 2009, Samsung arch Lee Kun-hee was postulated a special presidential atonement — by a afterwards South Korean supervision of regressive President Lee Myung-bak — from a dangling judgment for bootleg financial exchange so he could react South Korea’s debate to horde a Winter Olympics. South Korea, that formerly unsuccessful twice to move a games to Pyeongchang, eventually won a rights to horde a Winter Games in 2011.

Earlier this month, South Korean prosecutors indicted Lee Myung-bak on charges he took bribes from Samsung and others. Prosecutors pronounced Samsung took such advantages as Lee Kun-hee’s atonement in lapse for a bribes.

In a matter to a Associated Press, a International Olympic Committee did not directly residence a allegations aired by SBS about Papa Massata Diack though pronounced a IOC had “turned a page” in terms of horde city preference procedures.

“The low reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020 to a candidature process, and a even stronger governance measures that have been introduced, uncover that a IOC has now ‘turned a page’,” pronounced a statement, from an IOC spokesperson.

The matter pronounced any information that arose about a actions of Lamine Diack in 2010 would be combined to his record in a IOC Ethics Commission. It pronounced a IOC was stability to support French authorities in their investigations opposite a Senegalese former official, who has been charged with crime and income laundering.

“As distant as his former functions in a IOC are endangered Mr Diack has already mislaid his titular membership in 2015,” a orator said.

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