From the back of the room, almost at the end of the  127th IOC session in Monaco

From the back of the room, almost at the end of the 127th IOC session in Monaco

IOC

Agenda 2020 change: for real, or not so much?

MONACO — From the department of the obvious: no one spends $601 million over seven years unless they’re serious. The International Olympic Committee is dead-bang serious about the digital television channel its members approved Monday as part of president Thomas Bach’s 40-part “Agenda 2020” plan.

As for the other 39 components, which call for shifts in the bid process and the Olympic program? History and common sense teach that expectations ought to be tempered.

IOC president Thomas Bach  // photo Edward Hula III

IOC president Thomas Bach // photo Edward Hula III

IOC

Agenda 2020 goes 40-for-40

MONACO — To much self-promotion and -congratulation, the International Olympic Committee on Monday “unanimously” enacted all 40 points of president Thomas Bach’s review and potential reform plan, dubbed “Agenda 2020.”

The potential game-changer: approval of a digital TV channel. Other significant elements: shifts in the bid process as well as to the Olympic program.

IOC president Thomas Bach after chairing his first executive board meeting

IOC president Thomas Bach after chairing his first executive board meeting

IOC

Bach’s very busy first IOC EB

LAUSANNE, Switzerland –Russian organizers will set up protest zones in Sochi, the new International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach said here Tuesday. Whether they will work, or anyone will have the courage to want to step into them amid what is expected to be a ferocious security presence, remain very much an open question.

The IOC president took the high road:  “It’s a measure we welcome,” Bach said of the protest area, “so that everybody can express his or her free opinion.”

125th IOC Session - IOC Presidential Election

IOC

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 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

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.