The Boston Olympic Committee, a local group trying to bring a Summer Games to the city, is having difficulty raising money, according to Joan Vennochi of the BOSTON GLOBE. Funds are so scarce the group is "talking to the Massachusetts Sports Partnership about a bailout." BOC Chair Steve Freyer said the group is doing fine, and isn't looking for a merger but for a "way to be related without being married." Other sources say the Committee is not "financially sound" and owes one consultant up to $50,000 for back work. Vennochi writes that the BOC and MA Sports Partnership will only work with "the blessing" of John Hancock Mutual Life Insurnace -- a member of the Partnership and a backer of amateur sports in the state who "very publicly expressed the view that going after the Olympics was a waste of time and money" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/4).
IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch called complaints from the heads of varioys international sports federation about inferior lodging and lack of Opening Ceremony tickets for the '96 Games "minor problems." Samaranch responded after a meeting of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations objected to ACOG's plans to house competition officials in Emory University dormitories during the Games (Joe Drape, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 4/6).