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.

Iranian coach Rasoul Khadem Azgadhi, right, during World Cup action. He is a 1996 Atlanta gold and 1992 Barcelona bronze medalist // photo courtesy Tony Rotundo FILA-Official.com

Iranian coach Rasoul Khadem Azgadhi, right, during World Cup action. He is a 1996 Atlanta gold and 1992 Barcelona bronze medalist // photo courtesy Tony Rotundo FILA-Official.com

Wrestling

The vexing Iran conundrum

With leadership comes responsibility.

At wrestling’s freestyle World Cup Sunday in Los Angeles, the Iranian men’s wrestling team asserted it is, once again, best in the world. Now the challenge facing it — as well as everyone connected to the sport, indeed the broader Olympic movement — is as simple and elegant as it is vexing.

Ukrainian and Russian wrestlers and team officials meet before action gets underway at the LA World Cup // photo courtesy Tony Rotundo, FILA-Official.com

Ukrainian and Russian wrestlers and team officials meet before action gets underway at the LA World Cup // photo courtesy Tony Rotundo, FILA-Official.com

Wrestling

Wrestling’s handshake moment

Russia put troops on the Ukrainian mainland for the first time Saturday, deploying 80 soldiers along with four helicopter gunships and three armored vehicles to seize a natural gas terminal distribution station near Crimea.

Crimea is set to vote Sunday whether to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. Ukraine’s government and Western governments have denounced the vote as illegal.

eam leaders Christakis Alexandridis of Russia (right) and Eduard Nosadchyy of Ukraine shares smiles over dinner in the Team Dining Room, prior to the 2014 FILA Men’s Freestyle World Cup of Wrestling. // photo courtesy USA Wrestling

eam leaders Christakis Alexandridis of Russia (right) and Eduard Nosadchyy of Ukraine shares smiles over dinner in the Team Dining Room, prior to the 2014 FILA Men’s Freestyle World Cup of Wrestling. // photo courtesy USA Wrestling

Wrestling

Wrestling: now, the spotlight

Russia massed troops and armored vehicles Thursday in at least three regions along Ukraine’s eastern border, the New York Times reported.

In Washington, the Obama Administration deferred a request from Ukraine’s interim government for arms and ammunition, the Wall Street Journal reported.