SAMOA OLYMPIC COMMITTEE MEMBER SEIULI SHOULD RESIGN: SAMOA OBSERVER

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APIA, Samoa (February 15, 1999 - PACNEWS)---Samoa's member on the International Olympic Committee, Seiuli Paul Wallwork, has no alternative but to resign for his own sake and that of the country, says the publisher of the Samoa Observer, Savea Sano Malifa.

In an editorial Friday, Savea said even if Seiuli is innocent in the bidding scandal that has rocked the IOC, he should still resign for his country's sake.

It is not right for Seiuli to continue to sit on the committee, Savea said, when his name is being linked to the Salt Lake City bidding scandal.

Seiuli has dismissed the controversy over reports that members of the Stockholm bidding committee footed a $150 medical bill for his daughter while they were in Sweden and, among other concerns, that his family had taken a loan from Salt Lake City Organizing Committee Vice President Tom Welch.

Seiuli said there is nothing controversial about the funding. The incidents are old, he said, and he is surprised that they have resurfaced now, after his having given a full explanation to the IOC.

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