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Volume 25 No. 156

Olympics

One of the top officials from the '02 Salt Lake Games Organizing Committee said that if the city is selected by the USOC to "host a future Winter Games, the money to pick up the tab would come from selling sponsorships and TV rights as well as other revenues," according to Lisa Riley Roche of the DESERET NEWS. The only tax dollars would "come from the federal government for security." If there is USOC backing for a bid, '02 Salt Lake Games Organizing Committee COO Fraser Bullock said that Salt Lake has to be ready for the IOC to "name the host" of the '30 Games next June. That is because the IOC "may choose to award" both the '26 and '30 Games at the "same time," as the IOC did for the '24 Paris Games and '28 L.A. Games rather than wait until '23 to name the '30 host. Bullock said that a dual award would "give backers of another Olympics in Utah just six months to put together an international bid." As part of the bid process, the USOC is "conducting public opinion polls in both Utah and Colorado to gauge support among residents for hosting a Winter Games." Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski said that the poll "could be underway as soon as next week" (DESERET NEWS, 11/30).

MIND MADE UP: In Salt Lake City, Christopher Kamrani notes the IOC has "made it clear that it wants each of the next two Winter Games to take place in Europe and North America." The '26 finalists are "currently Milan, Italy, and Stockholm, Sweden." Bullock said that as of now, the only other city to "express interest in hosting" the '30 Games is Sapporo, Japan, which recently "dropped out" of the '26 process (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 11/30).

AIBA was barred from using any Olympic properties for any communications or promotional materials
Photo: getty images

The IOC put planning for the boxing tournament at the '20 Tokyo Games "on hold" in a move that "could see the governing body AIBA frozen out of the Games over a governance dispute," according to Jack Tarrant of REUTERS. The IOC in a statement said that it had also "launched an investigation into the International Boxing Association after AIBA submitted a progress report focusing on governance, financial management and sporting integrity." The IOC's Exec Board said that planning for the Olympic boxing tournament had been "frozen, with immediate effect, and contact suspended between AIBA and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee." Planning for ticket sales, the approval and implementation of a qualification system, test event planning and finalization of a competition schedule were also "put on hold." AIBA was also "barred from using any Olympic properties, including the Olympic rings and Tokyo 2020 logo for any communications or promotional materials." No deadline was set for "further action but any decision to withdraw recognition from an international federation would have to be made at an IOC session," which is next scheduled for June '19 (REUTERS, 11/30). The AP's Wade & Dunbar note one option for the IOC is to "organize an Olympic boxing tournament, including qualifying, outside of AIBA's control." AIBA member federations "voted for Gafur Rakhimov of Uzbekistan as president in Moscow on Nov. 3 despite being on a U.S. Treasury Department sanctions list." Rakhimov "denies links to organized crime networks and the international drug trade" (AP, 11/30).