Bach cites ethics issue with Havelange stadium

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Associated Press

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Updated Thursday, May 9 at 5:07 PM

LONDON (AP) — A top IOC official says Brazil should respect a "zero tolerance" ethics policy in deciding whether to keep former FIFA President Joao Havelange's name on the 2016 Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Havelange resigned as honorary FIFA president last month after an ethics report found he accepted bribes in a World Cup kickback scandal in the 1990s.

The Brazilian resigned as an IOC member in 2011 to avoid sanctions in the ISL case.

One of Rio's key venues is the Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium, which will host the track and field competition. IOC vice president Thomas Bach says any stadium name must be in line with IOC ethics policy.

He says he's "sure that Brazil, the organizing committee, will respect all the ethical requirements being established by the IOC at this time."

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