March 19, 1999
EXPULSION of six International Olympic Committee members, joining four who quit, is one step out of the pit the IOC has dug for itself. But alone it does not end the scandal by proving the IOC is purging itself of corruption. Nor does it restore the credibility the Olympic movement requires.The Justice Department is investigating reported bribery in the selection of Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Games. Bills before the U.S. Senate would strip tax exemption from Olympic activities.In fairness, the IOC promises to do more, including cooperate with a U.S. Senate investigation and create an outside ethics commission and a commission to plan structural reform.
June 21, 1996
Days until opening ceremonies: 28.Torch update: Louise Logan, a volunteer worker at a Prince George's County hospital, carried the torch up the Capitol steps in Washington.Update: Several thousand tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer Games go on sale at 9 a.m. today. The tickets, which cost $636 apiece, can be obtained by calling the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (404-744-1996) and through ACOG's Internet site. There is a limit of two tickets per customer, and a Visa card is the only form of payment accepted.
July 3, 2003
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - In a surprisingly tight election yesterday, the International Olympic Committee awarded Vancouver, British Columbia, the 2010 Winter Games. Vancouver, long the front-runner, defeated Pyeongchang, South Korea, in the second round of balloting, 56-53. Salzburg, Austria, was eliminated in the first round. Pyeongchang, a resort about two hours east of Seoul, made a strong presentation yesterday before the full IOC membership, suggesting that the games could help promote prospects for peace on the divided Korean peninsula, and led the voting after the first round.
May 19, 1991
For Americans, the opportunity to combine European travel and the Olympics won't get any better than 1992, when the winter games will be held in the French Alps and the summer games in Barcelona, Spain.It will be the last year in which both the summer and winter games are staged the same year. The winter games then will move to the alternate biennials, starting in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway. The next stop for the summer games will be in Atlanta in 1996.Both the French Alps and the Mediterranean seaport of Barcelona are tourist destinations of their own; the addition of the Olympic Games either adds to their lure or detracts from it, depending on your affinity for competition and congestion.
October 20, 1998
Baltimore will compete with four other cities for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Media Summit to be held shortly before the Sydney Games.Houston, Dallas, Raleigh, N.C., and Seattle have joined the race to play host to the planned three days of news conferences, interviews, photo sessions and social events. The event brings together top athletes in 28 sports, 400 media outlets, the United States Olympic Committee, Olympic sponsors and the national governing bodies -- the administrative bodies for Olympic sports.
June 28, 2001
THE INTERNATIONAL Olympic Committee faces a tough enough job July 13 in Moscow deciding - on Olympic merits - which city should host the 2008 Summer Games. The IOC itself is a flawed institution. But governments trying to push the IOC one way or another for their own power-politics agendas will make matters worse. The White House is wise to have no position. Congress would be foolish to adopt a resolution, approved by the House International Relations Committee, telling the IOC to hold the games anywhere but Beijing.