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.

A tableau from the closing ceremony -- brides hanging from helium-filled balloons

A tableau from the closing ceremony -- brides hanging from helium-filled balloons

Sochi 2014

“The new face of Russia”

ADLER, Russia — The Sochi 2014 Winter Games drew Sunday night to a close, an Olympics intent on projecting the image of a strong and confident new Russia across this vast country and to the world beyond, with a mighty Russian team awakening the echoes of the mighty Soviet sport system to prideful spectator cheers of “Ro-ssi-ya! Ro-ssi-ya!”

Albeit, over 17 days, to the beat of “Get Lucky” by a Russian police choir. And cheerful volunteers yelling, “Good morning!” while dancing to the Black Eyed Peas.

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USOC

2024: LA’s time again?

Shutters on the Beach, the Santa Monica hotel, is one of those Southern California legends. The beautiful people go there, and for excellent reason. You get there by heading west down Pico Boulevard until it dead ends at the sand.

The president of the University of Southern California, C.L. Max Nikias, had them in full roar Wednesday evening for an alumni event at Shutters. It was not even two and one half years ago that USC announced a $6 billion fundraising campaign. Already, the president said, the university is more than halfway to its goal.

IOC

A reflective Jacques Rogge

There are precisely two months to go in Jacques Rogge’s term as president of the International Olympic Committee. He is not, at least in public, particularly reflective. History will be as it is.

At the end of a teleconference Wednesday with reporters from around the world, the president was asked to assess the highlights and disappointments of his 12 years in office. For once, he seized the moment.