Rodney Mark Jones
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Friday, 11 December 1998
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I'm a computer networking
consultant working in the Washington, DC metro area. In my spare time I enjoy
learning about other cultures and languages. My biggest interest is Mexico, especially
I am also very fond of
and the Caribbean, especially the
US Virgin Islands. I enjoy
cooking, home brewing, reading and listening to all kinds of music when
I have time at home. Sports activities I really like are swimming, bicycling,
skating, hiking, orienteering and camping. I enjoy hard science-fiction but I'm also a fan of
The X Files,
and James Bond.
I have a pet rabbit named Hamlet and I collect
Olympic pins and
I sometimes spend my free-time playing in the
Society for Creative Anachronism,
an international organization of hobbyists who study and recreate the
European Middle Ages and early Rennaisance. These interests keep me pretty busy.
Scandal in Salt Lake City
Marc Hodler, the IOC member heading the committee overseeing the preparations by the Salt Lake
Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Games, has revealed allegations of bribes and kickbacks
that may have helped the Salt Lake City Bidding Committee win the 2002 Winter Games. Mr. Hodler
will pursue the issue at this weekend's IOC Executive Committee meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The bribes were apparently offered in the form of scholarship payments to relatives of IOC members
during Salt Lake City's campaign for selection as the 2002 Winter Games host city.
A European computer company, Sema, has been choosen by the IOC to provide computer technology and
results systems for the Olympic Games to be held in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008. IBM withdrew its
sponsorship of the Olympic Games following a redefinition of sponsorship terms by the IOC earlier
this year. IBM provided technology, web services and results systems for the 1996 Atlanta Summer
Games and the 1998 Nagano Winter Games. IBM is also sponsoring the 2000 Sydney Summer Games.
But the IOC has changed the ground rules for technology sponsorship and IBM was unable to justify
the significantly increased costs associated with the new Olympic Information Technology Group
Sema is a European computer services and defense technology firm with over 16,000 employees. They
provided information systems for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games and also provided services for
the 1994 World Cup and 1998 Commonwealth Games.
The city of Osaka has received government approval to form an offical bid committee
for the 2008 Olympic Summer Games. The
approval allows the central government to provide direct financial support to the
bid committee in preparation for the IOC selection of a host city. Osaka faces stiff
competition for the honor, however, from another Asian city. Beijing, which narrowly
lost the vote for the 2000 Olympic Games host city to Sydney, has some strong
support among current IOC members including IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch. Paris
has also announced an official bid and joins a growing list of candidate cities that
includes Seville, Toronto, Istanbul and Kuala Lumpur.
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