Primo Nebiolo, the head of the International Track and Field Federation, says he will not allow ACOG to schedule the Olympic Marathon in the morning; he insists the event will remain in its traditional spot before the closing ceremonies. The IOC's Medical Commission recommended the move, which has support of many elite runners. Nebiolo: "We have here, in the morning, more humidity and less temperature, and in the afternoon, we have less humidity and more temperature." ACOG officials are yet to make a decision -- a ticket brochure leaves out the time for the event (Drape & Fish, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 12/14).
Ostersund, Sweden admits that Salt Lake City is the leading candidate to receive the 2002 Winter Olympics, but refuses to give up the fight to have another Scandinavian Olympics just eight years after Lillehammer. Christer Persson, president of the Swedish bid committee, says his group can best provide the "folk festival" concept. The field for 2002 will be cut to four January 24; the final vote is June 16 (Mike Dodd, USA TODAY, 12/15).