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         This Friday in Budapest, Hungary, the IOC will choose the
    location of the 2002 Winter Olympics out of  from Ostersund,
    Sweden; Sion, Switzerland; Quebec City, Canada; and Salt Lake
    City, which is "favored."  Longman notes that Salt Lakes $798M
    bid is "technically superior" to the other three, but the vote
    can be "highly political" and the favorite is not guaranteed
    (N.Y. TIMES, 6/12).  Tom Welch, President of the Salt Lake City
    Bid Committee, says that the main difference between now and four
    years ago, when Salt Lake lost out to Nagano by four votes, was
    the "quality of relationships" between the committee and IOC and
    int'l sports officials.  Some 55 of the 96 IOC members visited
    Salt Lake between February and May.  Salt Lake officials expect
    50,000 residents to gather Friday for the live announcement (John
    Keahy, SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 6/10).  Welch also told USA TODAY that
    the Utah delegation will not make an extravagant presentation.
    Welch: "They (opponents) are shooting at us being 'very
    American.'... So we're going to be low-key, both in our
    presentation and our approach"  (Mike Dodd, USA TODAY, 6/12).
    George Gross of the TORONTO SUN notes that Salt Lake's largest
    obstacle to overcome may be the fact that some IOC officials have
    shown "displeasure" with the preparation efforts in Atlanta
    (TORONTO SUN, 6/11).
         NEW USOC LEADER?  Former NCAA Exec Dir Dick Schultz is
    expected to be named Exec Dir of the USOC, in "perhaps as soon as
    two weeks," according to Saturday's N.Y. TIMES.  The USOC has an
    executive committee meeting scheduled for June 23 in Boston at
    which time they are expected to choose Schultz over Mike Jacki,
    former head of the U.S. Skiing and Gymnastics Federations (Jere
    Longman, N.Y. TIMES, 6/11).
         IOC RULE CHANGE:  Then IOC is "expected to approve" a
    resolution to change the mandatory retirement age which could
    enable IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch to stay in office
    "into the next century" (AP/CALGARY HERALD, 6/12).

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