| QUEBEC CITY
QUEBEC CITY May 22 The Ukraine National Olympic
Committee launched an investigation on Tuesday and suspended a
top official accused of offering to sell thousands of dollars
worth of tickets for the London Olympics on the black market.
Ukrainian Olympic chief Sergei Bubka suspended general
secretary Volodymyr Gerashchenko after a BBC report said he
allegedly offered to sell 100 tickets for the July 27-Aug. 12
Games to a reporter posing as a ticket buyer.
Bubka, an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member who
was attending meetings in Quebec City, said he would return home
to Kiev, Ukraine, on Wednesday to the deal with the scandal.
"For us it is a really unpleasant situation, particularly
for me as president of the National Olympic Committee," Bubka
told reporters at a hastily arranged media briefing. "First I
would like to say we have suspended Mr. Gerashchenko and started
"We will create an independent commission to investigate
what has happened."
Bubka said he had few details beyond the BBC report but had
already informed Seb Coe, head of the London Olympic Organising
Committee and IOC president Jacques Rogge of the situation.
(Reporting by Steve Keating in Quebec City; Editing by Frank