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International Olympic Committee Member Marc Hodler Dies


International Olympic Committee member Marc Hodler of Switzerland, who helped uncover the organization's corruption scandal in 1998, has died at the age of 87.

Hodler, who also served as president of the International Ski Federation from 1951 to 1998, died in Bern Wednesday after suffering a stroke on Sunday.

Hodler was the first person to describe the systematic buying and selling of votes to select the host city for the 2002 Olympics, which was eventually staged by Salt Lake City. His accusations centered around the lavish gifts and other bribes given to IOC members in return for their votes. As a result, the IOC expelled six members and instituted a series of reforms, including a ban on IOC members visiting bid cities.

In a statement, IOC president Jacques Rogge expressed sadness "at the passing of a member who dedicated so much to the Olympic movement."

Marc Hodler, dead at the age of 87.

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