London, April 13 IANS | 7 months ago

Polish city Krakow's bidding chief for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics has resigned because of a "smear campaign" over allegations that her husband offered to pay journalists to write positive stories about the bid.

"Given the smear campaign conducted against me and the generally unfavourable media climate surrounding the project itself, I have deemed that my resignation could advance the ultimate objective which is for Krakow to become the host city of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. I deeply regret the current situation for which I can hardly be held directly accountable," Jagna Marczulajtis-Walczak said in a statement Sunday, reports Xinhua.

It has been alleged her husband Andrzej Walczak met with journalists, offering money if they wrote stories that were positive about the Krakow bid.

She denied all the allegations, saying: "I wish to state once again that at no time was I aware of the actions taken by my husband."

Five cities are bidding for the 2002 Winter Olympics including Krakow, Almaty, Beijing, Lviv and Oslo. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will decide the host city in Kuala Lumpur July 31, 2015.

(Posted on 13-04-2014)

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