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Pyeongchang’s 2018 evaluation report win

In the old days of the Soviet Union, experts from afar used to watch the grand parades ever so carefully. They would carefully parse the reviewing stand to see which dignitaries were seated next to which generals. That way they might be able to figure out what might really be going on behind the Iron Curtain.

It’s much the same in trying to divine the real meaning of the International Olympic Committee’s evaluation commission reports.

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Sport and the environment in 21st-century Qatar

DOHA, Qatar — The International Olympic Committee gave the Japanese swim federation, among others, an award on the occasion of its “9th world conference on sport and the environment” held here over the past several days. For what?

At the Japanese national championships, they used to print out race results on paper. The federation switched to a system that posts all results on its website.  Results are posted within 10 seconds after each race is done.

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Three-city field, two-city race?

ACAPULCO —  The vote for the 2018 Winter Games is still some nine months away.  But is the race already tilting toward a two-city race in a three-city field?

In presentations Thursday to officials from all 205 national Olympic committees, Pyeongchang and Munich, the South Korean and German candidates, articulated distinct visions. Those two would seem to offer the International Olympic Committee a clear choice when it votes next July.