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“Hello, partner”: USOC, IOC resolve financial differences

QUEBEC CITY, Canada — It was about an hour after the U.S. Olympic Committee and International Olympic Committee had announced they had signed the agreement that had ended seven years of talks over how to split certain key revenues, and USOC board chairman Larry Probst was standing in the hall of the sprawling convention center here when up came Thomas Bach.

An IOC vice president, the president of the German Olympic committee, Bach is one of the most influential senior officials in the movement.

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Three for 2020 in, Doha and Baku out

QUEBEC CITY, Canada — In cutting the 2020 Summer Games bid city field Wednesday from five cities to three, the International Olympic Committee eliminated both Baku and Doha, immediately raising the provocative question of whether Doha — which, let’s face it, is due to put on soccer’s 2022 World Cup — is ever going to get its chance to make its case before the full IOC.

The IOC’s 15-member policy-making executive board, meeting here amid the sprawling SportAccord assembly, passed Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul through to the so-called “candidate city” phase.

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USOC finances: stability rules

The U.S. Olympic Committee was a lot more fun, reporting-wise, when it was embroiled in chronic turmoil. For many years, the USOC could be counted on to be the sports writing version of the Soap Opera Full Employment Saga.

Oh, for the days gone by when there would be hastily arranged meetings of the USOC at, say, the O’Hare Hilton or the Antlers in Colorado Springs and the chief executive would be sending looks of love (not) to the assembled scribes.