A gas mask-wearing runner at Sunday's Beijing Marathon // photo Getty Images

A gas mask-wearing runner at Sunday's Beijing Marathon // photo Getty Images

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Time for IOC leadership, not lip service

Friendship, excellence and respect — these are the key values underpinning the mission of the International Olympic Committee, indeed the Olympic enterprise worldwide. Moreover, the IOC likes to say that athletes are at the center of everything everyone in the Olympic movement does.

Two episodes over the weekend raise serious questions about whether both are true, or just so much lip service. And with the IOC’s policy-making executive board meeting later this week in Switzerland, the issue becomes what — if anything — the IOC is going to do about it.

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USOC’s Probst: “We do want to bid …”

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The glow from the London Games still fresh in the minds of everyone in the audience, the chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s board got right to the question on everyone’s minds right away.

“Make no mistake,” Larry Probst told the USOC’s annual assembly here at the Antlers Hilton Hotel, “we do want to bid, and we do want to win.