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  • IOC BANS MARIJUANA; POUND PLANTS SEEDS OF DISCONTENT ON CBS

              The IOC Exec Board added marijuana and other "social
         drugs" to its list of banned substances, according to
         Athelia Knight of the WASHINGTON POST.  The move comes after
         Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati tested positive in
         Nagano but was allowed to keep his medal.  IOC VP Dick
         Pound: "The IOC has decided in the case of social drugs we
         should take a stand, and Olympic athletes should be put to a
         somewhat higher standard than society in general."  The IOC
         is meeting in Sydney and said details of the policy must
         still be worked out (WASHINGTON POST, 4/28).
              OTHER NOTES: IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch took
         a tour of the half-completed Olympic Stadium in Sydney and
         afterward said, "This is the most impressive stadium I have
         seen in my life."  Construction is expected to be completed
         in March '99 (USA TODAY, 4/27)....In speaking about Nagano,
         IOC VP Pound yesterday attributed the worst ratings for the
         Winter Games in 30 years to "the time difference, the
         programming decisions, the presentation of the program by
         CBS and possibly the results of the American team."  CBS had
         no comment on Pound's remarks (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 4/28).
    
    

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