PERU: Former U.N. Leader Tapped for Olympics Ethics Chair

PERU: Former U.N. Leader Tapped for Olympics Ethics Chair

Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been elected chair of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) ethics commission.

The South Korean, who served as leader in the U.N. from 2007 through 2016, will take over for Youssoupha Ndiaye.

In his September 2017 acceptance speech, Ban called his new task “a serious responsibility.”

Among his immediate tasks will be to examine a vote-buying scandal involving the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. A Brazilian IOC member, Carlos Nuzman, is under investigation for his alleged role in a U.S. $2 million vote-buying scheme to bring the games to Brazil. IOC president Thomas Bach said in September 2017 the committee was awaiting word from Brazilian authorities before determining the next steps. One IOC member, Dick Pound, said the committee needs to act more decisively, and the ethics commission should be conducting its own investigation.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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