Freedom from funds

Off the beat

July 13, 1991

The Soviet Olympic Committee, which for years sought independence from the central government, has found its newly won freedom to be a mixed blessing.

The government stopped funding the Olympic Committee this year, leaving it free but struggling to raise enough cash just to pay the hotel bills at the 1992 Games in Barcelona.

"We have obtained the status of independence, but we also have become independent of money, too," Vladimir Koval, the committee's finance director, said at a news conference yesterday.

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