The scene Sunday at the IOC "summit" // photo courtesy of IOC/Richard Juillart


A stealth Olympic summit

The International Olympic Committee held something of a stealth meeting of key power-brokers Sunday at its lakefront headquarters in  Lausanne, Switzerland, a move that illuminates the who’s who and what’s what behind the developing agenda of the recently elected president, Germany’s Thomas Bach.

Bach convened the meeting, not widely publicized beforehand and in an IOC release termed an “Olympic Summit,” to address “the main topics of interest and concern” confronting the movement.


Bach wins the presidency

BUENOS AIRES — Thomas Bach of Germany was elected president of the International Olympic Committee Tuesday, replacing Jacques Rogge of Belgium.

Bach is a gold medal-winning fencer at the 1976 Montreal Games who went on to become a lawyer. He was made an IOC member in 1991 and has served in virtually every position but president. Over the years, he has made no secret of his ambition for the top job.

Wrestling federation president Nenad Lalovic of Serbia and bureau member Jim Scherr, the former USOC chief executive, celebrate the sport's reinstatement to the 2020 Summer Games program // Getty Images


Wrestling is back

BUENOS AIRES — The International Olympic Committee, recognizing the gravity of its error, reinstated wrestling to the 2020 Summer Games program.

At the same time, the IOC rejected bids to put squash and a combined effort from baseball/softball onto the show at the Tokyo 2020 Games, underscoring the fix it has put itself in as it seeks to keep the program relevant.


Who do you love?

BUENOS AIRES — As circuses go, this one is most excellent. The question: who will be the next ringleader and where is the next tent to be pitched?

Here Friday morning in the corner of the Hilton Hotel lobby one could see Thomas Bach of Germany, the International Olympic Committee vice president running for the top job, talking very, very quietly with Cuba’s Reynaldo González López.