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APIA, Samoa (March 21, 1999 - PACNEWS)---The Samoan delegate expelled from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for his involvement in the bribery scandal relating to Salt Lake City's bid for the Winter Olympics, Seiuli Paul Wallwork, has questioned the committee's handling of similar allegations against the Australian member.

Paul Wallwork said Australia's IOC member, Phil Coles, was not expelled despite the evidence against him. Coles got off with a reprimand for receiving what the IOC described as an unacceptable level of hospitality from Salt Lake City.

Wallwork claimed developing countries like Samoa are not important to the IOC and predicted yesterday's vote would divide the developing countries from the European nations in the Olympic movement.

The IOC alleged Wallwork's wife received a $30,000 loan from the leader of the Salt Lake City's bid team, Tom Welch. There were also allegations he received a substantial amount of money from the bid team for travel purposes.

Wallwork was one of six delegates expelled in the bribery scandal following a vote at the 108th IOC Session in Lausanne, Switzerland last week.

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