Olympics Day 14 - Athletics

Track and field

USATF, Nike in apparent $500 million deal

USA Track & Field on Tuesday announced a groundbreaking 23-year deal with Nike apparently worth $500 million, an arrangement that holds the potential to transform the leading sport of the Olympic movement in untold ways in the United States for a generation.

The Nike deal comes 13 days after USATF announced a seven-year partnership with Hershey, the chocolate maker. In February, 2013, USATF announced Neustar, the administrator of the .US top-level domain, as the three-year sponsor of its national road-racing championships.

ANOC dignitaries, with Sheikh Ahmad at the center, before Monday's news conference

ANOC dignitaries, with Sheikh Ahmad at the center, before Monday's news conference

IOC

ANOC gets big-time professionalized

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait — When you are living it in the moment, it is of course a challenge indeed to know whether a three-day meeting spread across a hotel complex and an office tower makes for a turning point, the sort of thing that accounts for the sort of thing Olympic historians can one day point to with distinct accuracy and say, this was when it all came together.

As it drew Monday night to a close, however, it seemed abundantly evident that the time is now for the 204-member Association of National Olympic Committees.

IOC president Thomas Bach and honorary member R. Kevan Gosper of Australia at Sunday's news conference

IOC president Thomas Bach and honorary member R. Kevan Gosper of Australia at Sunday's news conference

IOC

Why by the Persian Gulf

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait — Accounting for the sudden resignation a couple days ago of French ski legend Jean-Claude Killy, there are now 106 active members of the International Olympic Committee.

As the IOC president, Thomas Bach, pointed out in a news conference Sunday morning, Arabic hospitality is known worldwide.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabad Al-Fahin his Kuwait City offices

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabad Al-Fahin his Kuwait City offices

IOC

What does Sheikh Ahmad want?

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait — One rumor has him one day taking over FIFA, soccer’s international governing body.

Another has it that he is simply biding his time and wants to be president of the International Olympic Committee. He is, after all, only 50 years old. Still remarkably young for a man at ease in so many intersections.

Intiqam Zairov, Day 8, London Olympics // photo Getty Images

Intiqam Zairov, Day 8, London Olympics // photo Getty Images

Weightlifting

Doping echoes of East Germany

Doping in elite international sport is “rampant,” the former executive who last year exposed failings in the Jamaican testing program said this week at a conference in London, just as it emerged that the entire Azerbaijan weightlifting team’s results from the 2013 European championships were wiped out — five lifters, 14 medals — by positive tests.

Moreover, those tests were for oral turinabol, the very same steroid at the heart of the 1970s East German doping system.