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IOC rebukes v.p. who broke election rules

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GENEVA (AP) — The IOC has given vice president Kevan Gosper a "serious" rebuke after he broke election rules by publicly announcing his support for one of the candidates for the organization's presidency.

The chairman of the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission, Keba Mbaye, said Gosper had broken the panel's rules when he told an Australian radio station that he favored Canada's Dick Pound.

"I warn you seriously against this behavior which conflicts with the harmonious course of a campaign that up to now has been marked by moderation and loyalty," Mbaye told Gosper.

Mbaye said he did not plan to recommend any other sanction for Gosper because the Australian had apologized.

Jacques Rogge of Belgium, Pal Schmitt of Hungary and Anita DeFrantz of the United States are the other candidates vying to succeed Samaranch.

Under rules set out by the ethics commission earlier this year, IOC members are prohibited from stating publicly how they intend to vote in the election, which will be held by secret ballot in Moscow on July 16.