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Corruption seems to be endemic to the Olympic process

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The job of Olympic consultants is said to gather--and sell--accurate information concerning members of the International Olympic Committee to the cities bidding for the Olympic Games.

The process of information gathering is so thorough that the consultants even go so far as to mine each IOC member's personal data, such as whether the individual is happily married, how many children he/she has, if there is any topic he/she resents discussing, and so on.

In 1998, a bribery scandal surfaced in connection with Salt Lake City's candidature for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Many IOC members were forced to resign for accepting expensive gifts that ranged........

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