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ABC reports Rio 2016 is considering filing a formal ethics complaint with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) claiming that Madrid 2016 sent a spy to Rio during the IOC's inspection of Rio's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Madrid admits the man works for its Olympic public relations firm, but denies he was sent as a spy.

According to Inside The Games, Simon Walsh, a British-based freelance journalist and consultant, was stripped of his media accreditation Saturday and refused entry to the final IOC press conference because Rio 2016 officials said he had lied about who he was working for.

Mike Lee, who is working as a consultant to Rio on strategy and media, said Walsh had claimed he was the London correspondent of the Spanish news agency EFE working at its bureau in Madrid.

But Lee said there were suspicions raised when the Rio-based correspondent of EFE said he was not affiliated with them and they did not know him.

Walsh allegedly had been unable to show a press card or business card and refused to allow Lee to speak to EFE to confirm his credentials.

Inside The Games reports Rio 2016 officials are angry that Walsh was invited to meet Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The invitation was withdrawn when government officials raised concerns.

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ABC reports Rio 2016 is considering filing a formal ethics complaint with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) claiming that Madrid 2016 sent a spy to Rio during the IOC's inspection of Rio's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Madrid admits the man works for its Olympic public relations firm, but denies he was sent as a spy.

According to Inside The Games, Simon Walsh, a British-based freelance journalist and consultant, was stripped of his media accreditation Saturday and refused entry to the final IOC press conference because Rio 2016 officials said he had lied about who he was working for.

Mike Lee, who is working as a consultant to Rio on strategy and media, said Walsh had claimed he was the London correspondent of the Spanish news agency EFE working at its bureau in Madrid.

But Lee said there were suspicions raised when the Rio-based correspondent of EFE said he was not affiliated with them and they did not know him.

Walsh allegedly had been unable to show a press card or business card and refused to allow Lee to speak to EFE to confirm his credentials.

Inside The Games reports Rio 2016 officials are angry that Walsh was invited to meet Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The invitation was withdrawn when government officials raised concerns.

Wow that is truly incredible . Does Madrid 2016 feel they have a chance now or that the only chance was to plant someone to watch what RIo 2016 was doing on the inspection tours . I frankly don't understand what there is to be gained from this considering things should be very buttoned down in regards to the Madrid Inspections and there certainly would not be much time to react to what happened in Rio last week. Wonder if they did the same thing with Tokyo and Chicago ?

Jim jones

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