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.

Singapore's Ser Miang Ng // photo Getty Images

Singapore's Ser Miang Ng // photo Getty Images

IOC

Ng’s moment: symbolism, vision

In a moment rich with symbolism, Singapore’s Ser Miang Ng announced Thursday he is a candidate to become the next president of the International Olympic Committee.

Ng, 64, made the announcement in Paris, at the Sorbonne, the university where in 1894 Pierre de Coubertin and his invitees met in the Salle Octave Gréard to revive the Olympic Games. There began the audacious idea of making this modern Olympic committee something that might someday be truly, indeed profoundly, international.

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2020 race takes shape

For two weeks in the summer of 2004, Olympic Park in Athens seemed like the center of the world. Now the park is mostly empty, the buildings and the flies together under the Greek sun.

Authorities in Italy built a new bobsled run for the 2006 Winter Games up in the mountains near Torino. Now that track, which cost $100 million to build, $2 million annually to operate, is due to be torn down.

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What now, France?

DURBAN, South Africa — Guy Drut, one of France’s two International Olympic Committee members, called it a “very, very cold shower,” and that was the headline all over Thursday’s editions of the French newspaper Le Monde.

L’Équipe, the French sports daily, offered up the “autopsy of a failure.”