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  • Olympics Offices Raided in Italy


    (ATR) Finance police of the Italian government have carried out raids against the offices of Turin 2006 and in Rome, at the National Olympic Committee of Italy.

    TOROC 2006 President Valentino Castellani tells Around the Rings he is not surprised about the raid of the Gardia Finanzia, following a raid last week at Agenzia Torino over a bribery investigation involving a tunnel project. The Agenzia is the public agency building infrastructure for the 2006 Games.

    Castellani says no specific allegations have been made against TOROC or CONI that would merit a raid by the financial police.

    "There is no hypothesis of legal offense," says the TOROC chief.

    He says a number of documents were photocopied during the police visit, but he described them as ordinary and that the papers could have been furnished to the authorities without a raid.

    More on the raid and the implications it might have for Turin 2006 will come later today from Lausanne, Switzerland.

    Leaders of the 2006 Games are meeting with the IOC to discuss a range of issues.

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