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Published March 31, 2014
IOC RESIGNATION: Former French skier JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY “has resigned” as a member of the IOC, declaring that “it’s time to move on after spending the past seven years heading the oversight panel for the Winter Games in Sochi.” As chairman of the IOC coordination commission for Sochi, Killy “was the main point man on the preparations for the games.” He traveled to Russia more than 40 times and worked closely with Putin. Killy “came under scrutiny” for his dealings with Putin amid global criticism of Russia’s human rights record and the law banning gay “propaganda” among minors. Killy said, “Did my image suffer from it (his relationship with Putin)? It does not matter much. I spent seven years working in a direct relationship with a head of state running a country of 145 million inhabitants. I’m probably one of those who know him best. I’m convinced that Putin is a good man” (AP, 3/28).