LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- More than $440,000 in payments and more than a dozen individuals are now identified, but the International Olympic Committee's investigation into the scandal surrounding Salt Lake City's bid for the 2002 Winter Games isn't over.
Three members of the IOC remain under investigation for allegedly accepting money, "excessive gifts" and unspecified benefits for themselves and others from the Salt Lake Bid Committee.So far, the investigation has resulted in three resignations, six suspensions pending expulsion and one warning being issued among the 115 members of the IOC.
Other information is still being sought, including whether IOC members received "in-kind" benefits from Salt Lake bidders, such as gifts of goods and services.
What's already been uncovered by the monthlong investigation is detailed in a 32-page report released Sunday by the IOC that includes a call to look at what other cities competing for the Olympics may have done.
Letters are going out to every city that bid for an Olympics since 1996, asking them to come forward with information about money or other considerations sought by IOC members.
"The IOC is concerned that the Salt Lake City situation may not be unique and wishes to be certain no other instances . . .
may have occurred which may cast doubt on the integrity of the process," a draft of the letter reads.
The IOC is taking no action against Salt Lake City, and IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch again reaffirmed Sunday that the 2002 Winter Games won't be taken away.
But the report did suggest that the IOC expected more from Salt Lake City.
According to the report, "whatever the failings of certain members of the IOC, the commission (investigating the bid) has been surprised by the behavior of the Salt Lake City Bid Committee and some of its senior members."
Among the findings in the report:
More than $440,000 went to eight members of the IOC, including more than $275,000 in cash payments. The rest of the money was used for expensive trips, lavish gifts and medical care for the IOC members.
The money went through a financial assistance program created in 1991 or early 1992, after Salt Lake City narrowly lost the 1998 Winter Games to Nagano, Japan. The program was administered principally by Tom Welch, president of the bid committee and the former head of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee.
Dave Johnson, who was forced earlier this month to resign as SLOC senior vice president of Games, was aware and involved in the program.
The program appeared as a line item in audited financial statements, but the report concludes, "It is not clear exactly to what degree the existence of the program was known to the bid committee as a whole."
The Congo's Jean-Claude Ganga was the biggest beneficiary, receiving more than $216,000. His take includes $70,010 in cash payments, $17,000 in medical bills, $115,000 in travel expenses and $14,000 in gifts.
More than $20,000 was contributed to the political campaign of Sergio Santander Fantini of Chile.
A son of Lamine Keita of Mali received more than $97,000 in support payments while attending Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Zein El Abdin Ahmed Abdel Gadir of the Sudan relied on the bid committee to support his family during the political and economic boycott of his country. He collected $1,000 a month for seven months, plus another $18,000.
Ganga, Fantini, Keita and Gadir, along with Agustin Arroyo of Ecuador and Charles Mukora of Kenya, have all been temporarily expelled pending a vote of the full membership, which will meet in March.
Action is pending against Vitaly Smirnov of Russia, Un Yong Kim of Korea and Louis Guirandou-N'Diaye of the Ivory Coast. Anton Geesink of the Netherlands got off with a "strongly worded warning."
Another member implicated, Rene Essomba of Cameroon, has died. It was public disclosure of a letter to his daughter about financial assistance provided to her by Salt Lake Olympic officials that sparked questions into 2002 Winter Olympics bid.
Just before the report was released Sunday evening, David Sibandze of Swaziland became the latest member to resign in the scandal, joining Pirjo Haggman of Finland and Bashir Attarabulsi of Libya.
Samaranch offered his "deepest apology to the athletes, the people of Salt Lake City and Utah, the global Olympic family and the millions of citizens worldwide who love and respect the Games."
The IOC president said the misconduct "should not have happened. We are very sorry. I hope decisions we made today will illustrate our resolve to never let this happen again."
Samaranch made it clear Sunday he wants the six members targeted for expulsion to quit, too. "It's better to put an end to this ugly chapter in the history of the Olympic Games," he said.
"These members have done great harm to the Olympic ideal. Now, their greatest service to the Olympic is simply to accept their fate," Samaranch said.
However, several of the six have already said they'll take their case to the rest of the IOC in March. It takes a two-thirds vote of the IOC to expel a member.
IOC Vice President Anita DeFrantz said she has no doubt the members will be expelled in March. "They'll be voted out," DeFrantz told reporters. "I know my colleagues on the IOC."
The man in charge of the investigation, IOC Vice President Dick Pound of Canada, said the members cited in the report are not being accused of corruption or bribery or of criminal conduct.
Pound said that while Salt Lake bidders appeared willing to please, he found nothing that "amounted to a quid pro quo, the purchase or sale of votes."
Pound said his investigative commission considered whether to pass judgment on the actions of Salt Lake bidders. "We concluded what we really should do is look after our own members. There's a lot of investigations going on," he said.
DeFrantz said she hoped the IOC's actions would restore confidence in Salt Lake City. "Remember, Salt Lake won by a lot of votes. It was because it's the right place for the athletes in 2002," she said.
Also announced Sunday were new reforms intended to lessen the opportunities for questionable transactions between IOC members and officials from bidding cities.
The reforms include prohibitions on visits to bid cities by IOC members, and visits to IOC members by representatives of bid cities. A new selection process has been proposed that would limit the number of IOC members voting on where the Olympics should go to just eight. Currently, all members have a vote.
IOC membership would also be limited on a new IOC Ethics Commission being created to finish the Salt Lake investigation and examine charges against other bid cities.
The IOC Ethics Commission will prepare a code of ethics for bids that would restrict members from receiving money, goods or services unrelated to the bid, non-emergency medical services, lavish gifts, support for family members including scholarships, and excessive hospitality.