Former U.N. chief Ban heads IOC ethics amid ongoing probes
(Reuters) - Former U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was elected head of the International Olympic Committee’s ethics commission on Thursday as the Olympic body battles to improve its image amid a string of corruption cases involving senior members.
Ban, who had close ties with the IOC during his time as U.N. head from 20072106, was elected on a fouryear term at a meeting in Lima and succeeds Senegal’s Youssoupha Ndiaye.
“Ethics is essential to the success of any organization,” Ban told the IOC session in a brief address which did not touch upon any specific cases.
“That is why I did everything possible to strengthen the culture of ethics in the United Nations. I tried to lead by example.”
The South Korean has his work cut out with the IOC being criticized for not acting fast enough in several cases of its members in recent months.
The head of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and former IOC member Carlos Nuzman, now an honorary member, is being investigated for corruption in an alleged votes-for-cash scheme to get the Games to Brazil.
Brazilian police raided his home recently and found cash and a Russian passport. He has denied any wrongdoing.