Spy scandal hits 2016 Olympic race

May 3, 2009 On the eve of the IOC Evaluation Commission's final day in Brazil, Rio's bid team revoked the journalist credentials of a man who claimed to be a reporter working for a news agency in Spain. It turns out the man is a paid consultant to Madrid's Olympic bid.

Rio 2016 is reportedly considering filing a formal ethics complaint with the International Olympic Committee. Madrid admits the man works for its Olympic PR firm but denies he was sent as a spy.

A spokesman for Chicago's Olympic bid says the Windy City has not sent undercover operatives posing as journalists to Rio, Madrid or Tokyo.

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