For­mer U.N. chief Ban heads IOC ethics amid on­go­ing probes

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(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.

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