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Sochi Olympics Corruption Led To 1/3 Spending Disappearing: Senior IOC Member Gian Franco Kasper

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The Olympic Rings stand outside of Sochi International Airport on January 8, 2014 in Alder, Russia. The region will host the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics which start on February 6th, 2014. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images) | Michael Heiman via Getty Images

GENEVA (AP) — Senior IOC member Gian Franco Kasper says his comments about corruption in the financing of the Sochi Olympics are based on a common perception in Russia.

Kasper, the long-time president of the International Ski Federation, tells The Associated Press he stands by comments he made in a Swiss television interview.

The veteran Swiss official told state broadcaster SRF that one-third of the Sochi spending disappeared because of corruption. He said contracts were given to a "construction mafia" of businessmen closely linked to the Kremlin and President Vladimir Putin.

Kasper told the AP on Friday "I didn't say anything which I wouldn't have said two years ago."

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