Mr. Trump running a leg of the Athens Games flame relay in June 2004 in New York // Getty Images

IOC

A good day for the Olympics: Mr. Bach goes to the White House

You can like Donald Trump. You can not like Donald Trump. To be clear: I did not vote for the gentleman. Whatever. When the president of the United States of America meets with the president of the International Olympic Committee at the White House, that is a good day for the Olympic movement.

Let us all understand the gravity of what happened Thursday. Put emotion aside. Think strategically. What is in the best interest of the Olympic movement, and of the IOC? Answer: having good relations with the governments of the world. Russia is a great country and a great Olympic power. China is a great country and a great Olympic power. But, people, let’s be real.

IOC president Thomas Bach at Friday's news conference // IOC

2024 Bid Cities

Now let’s see if IOC can get 2024/2028 right

Last September, I became the very first person on Planet Earth to propose publicly that the International Olympic Committee award the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games at a single stroke. On Friday, the IOC’s policy-making executive board took me up on my suggestion.

Now let’s see, despite indications to the contrary, whether the IOC can get the order right.

AARHUS, DENMARK - APRIL 04: IAAF president Lord Sebastian Coe looks on at the ASOIF General Assembly underway during the third day of SportAccord Convention 2017 at the Scandinavian Centre on April 4, 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Olympics

Thought leadership: making Mandela’s words real

It was of course Nelson Mandela who told us all something so simple, so eloquent and so powerful.

“Sport,” he said, “has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to inspire to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair …”

French president Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace with the IOC evaluation commission and Paris 2024 bid team // Philippe Millereau / KMSP / PARIS 2024

2024 Bid Cities

How is Paris bid like The Rocky Horror Picture Show?

PARIS — Taking in the sight of the new French president, Emmanuel Macron, on Tuesday hosting the International Olympic Committee’s evaluation commission along with the Paris 2024 bid team, you could almost hear the soundtrack playing from the 1975 cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show:

Let’s do the time warp again, people.