* Ice hockey chief apologises for mistake
* IOC chief says Fasel did not have financial gain
(adds IOC chief Rogge quotes)
By Karolos Grohmann
DUBAI, April 29 International Ice Hockey
Federation chief Rene Fasel has admitted "making a mistake"
after being reprimanded by the International Olympic Committee
for a conflict of interest over broadcasting rights.
Fasel escaped a more serious punishment on Wednesday and was
allowed to keep his IOC posts after he helped a friend win a
contract with the company controlling the IIHF's TV and
"I accept the reprimand and I take note of it," Fasel told
agency reporters on Thursday. "It was poor judgement. I made a
mistake... I do not feel well about it."
Fasel, an IOC Executive Board member, also heads the
Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations
and chaired the IOC's coordination commission for the Vancouver
2010 winter Games.
Fasel's punishment, despite his senior position, is lighter
than in the most recent cases, where less senior members were
reprimanded and banned from sitting on any IOC commission for
The IOC has said Fasel helped his friend's company clinch a
deal with the company controlling the rights and was also
'personally' involved in various marketing contract negotiations
and creating opportunities in the Asian broadcasting market.
He denied taking any money for his mediating role, a claim
backed by the results of an investigation.
IOC chief Jacque Rogge defended the organisation's decision,
seen by some as too light for such a senior member, saying while
Fasel had tarnished the image of the movement, he had not made
money from his involvement.
"Mr Fasel did not commit financial irregularities but Mr
Fasel made a mistake to support a personal friend in having a
contract with the broadcasting company," Rogge told reporters.
"(The investigators') report was very clear that Mr Fasel
did not benefit personally. However he has tarnished the
reputation of the IOC and got a reprimand," he said.
The decision comes just days before the start of the ice
hockey world championships on May 7.
(Editing by Justin Palmer, To query or comment on this story