It's going to be at least three more months before the International Olympic Committee's ethics panel sits down to decide whether the so-called "geld memo" is worth investigating.

When the controversial Salt Lake bid document was released by Mitt Romney at an IOC meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last month, IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch immediately referred it to the organization's ethics commission.

Samaranch declined to comment on the 28-page compilation of personal details about IOC members uncovered during the U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the scandal surrounding the bid, but he promised it would "be studied very carefully" by the commission.

But Tuesday, IOC spokesman Franklin Servan-Schreiber said the independent ethics commission has no plans to meet until Sept. 16, during the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia.

"It will be looked at (then). I guess their feeling is there is no urgent matter with the geld memo," Servan-Schreiber said. "Certainly, they don't think there's anything that requires an urgent meeting."

Samaranch, he said, "has full confidence in Judge (Keba) Mbaye and therefore will rely on him to make a judgment in this matter." Mbaye, an IOC member from Senegal and a former world court judge, is chairman of the commission.

Mbaye is among the IOC members whose name appears in the document, with the notation "Salt Lake visit at all costs." Mbaye has said he did not go to Salt Lake City and that his appearance in the document does not disqualify him from presiding over the investigation.

The document also contains the word "geld," which means money in several languages, next to the names of eight members. Only five of the eight have been connected to the bid scandal.

Other references in the documents are less clear, including the word "cookies" next to the name of Un Yong Kim, the powerful IOC member from South Korea. His son is one of three people facing federal charges in connection with the scandal.

Mbaye said last month he had faxed copies of the document to the other members of the commission, which includes former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker and former United Nations Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar.

Romney surprised the IOC by making the document public as he was leaving the meeting in Rio de Janeiro. The Salt Lake Organizing Committee president said the Justice Department had given its informal approval.

Just a few weeks earlier, the SLOC Management Committee turned down a request for the document by the Deseret News and KTVX Channel 4, after hearing from legal counsel that releasing it could cause problems with federal investigators.

However, Romney was able to report to the IOC at the meeting that the Justice Department had decided not to prosecute the organizing committee based on current evidence.

Less than a day later, he released the document to reporters in Salt Lake City as well as to the IOC. That caused some concern among IOC leaders, who complained they only had a few minutes to examine the document before it became public.