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Challenges await IOC’s next president

Regular readers of this space know I now have the privilege of teaching at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism in Los Angeles.

One of the things about being a university professor — my formal title, by the way, is “lecturer” — is that for each class they make you write a syllabus. It’s not easy. You have to read a lot of books to decide which books you want to use in your class.

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Three bids, 88 members, 49 days to go

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Two years ago, Rio de Janeiro’s bid team came here and put up a map that showed the Summer Games had never been to South America, a remarkably clever piece of stagecraft that separated Rio from four other contenders and, ultimately, made the case for its stunning win for the 2016 Summer Games.

The three cities for the 2018 Winter Games came here Wednesday with movies and charts and Olympic medalists by the score, the two perceived chasers, Munich and Annecy, France, looking for a similar breakout moment to make up ground against the favorite, Pyeongchang, South Korea.