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IOC PRESIDENT SAMARANCH WINS BATTLE TO EXTEND AGE LIMITS

     In a "dramatic reversal," the IOC voted to extend the age
limit for members from 75 to 80, "reviving" IOC President Juan
Antonio Samaranch's campaign to remain in power into the next
century, according to Melissa Turner of the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION.
Three days earlier, the IOC had voted against abolishing age
limits all together, but after "a late night petition drive"
gathered the 70 votes needed for another vote, which this time
would not be by secret ballot.  The compromise measure won by a
76 to 10 margin. Samaranch said he would "announce his
intentions" at the end of '96 (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 6/19).
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