SAMOA'S OLYMPIC COMMITTEE DELEGATE EXPELLED

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APIA, Samoa (March 18, 1999 - Radio Australia)---Samoa's delegate to the International Olympic Committee, Seiuli Paul Wallwork, is one of six members who has been expelled from the IOC after being implicated in a bribery scandal.

It is the first time in the committee's 105 year history that the organization has expelled any members.

Following an internal investigation, the six were found guilty of breaking the IOC's rules by accepting gifts from Salt Lake City before the vote to host the 2002 Winter Games.

Australian IOC member Kevan Gosper said he regrets what happened to Mr. Wallwork.

"I'm very disappointed we've lost one of our colleagues from Oceania, Paul Wallwork, who's done a great deal for sport in this part of the world," he said.

"But you've been waiting to see whether we would act, and we've acted," Gopser continued. "And I hope that will send a message in some way to demonstrate that we are on the way to recovering our reputation and that people's focus can get back to the athletes of the world and to Sydney 2000."

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