ANOC dignitaries, with Sheikh Ahmad at the center, before Monday's news conference

ANOC dignitaries, with Sheikh Ahmad at the center, before Monday's news conference

IOC

ANOC gets big-time professionalized

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait — When you are living it in the moment, it is of course a challenge indeed to know whether a three-day meeting spread across a hotel complex and an office tower makes for a turning point, the sort of thing that accounts for the sort of thing Olympic historians can one day point to with distinct accuracy and say, this was when it all came together.

As it drew Monday night to a close, however, it seemed abundantly evident that the time is now for the 204-member Association of National Olympic Committees.

IOC president Thomas Bach and honorary member R. Kevan Gosper of Australia at Sunday's news conference

IOC president Thomas Bach and honorary member R. Kevan Gosper of Australia at Sunday's news conference

IOC

Why by the Persian Gulf

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait — Accounting for the sudden resignation a couple days ago of French ski legend Jean-Claude Killy, there are now 106 active members of the International Olympic Committee.

As the IOC president, Thomas Bach, pointed out in a news conference Sunday morning, Arabic hospitality is known worldwide.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabad Al-Fahin his Kuwait City offices

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabad Al-Fahin his Kuwait City offices

IOC

What does Sheikh Ahmad want?

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait — One rumor has him one day taking over FIFA, soccer’s international governing body.

Another has it that he is simply biding his time and wants to be president of the International Olympic Committee. He is, after all, only 50 years old. Still remarkably young for a man at ease in so many intersections.

The snowy scene at the 2013 world cross-country championships at Bydgoszcz, Poland // photo Getty Images

The snowy scene at the 2013 world cross-country championships at Bydgoszcz, Poland // photo Getty Images

Track and field

Winter Games XC — why not?

SOPOT, Poland — The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics rang the bell on a year of imagination and fresh thinking for the International Olympic Committee.

The IOC’s all-members session immediately before the opening ceremony produced, over a day and a half, 211 comments from the floor.

A tableau from the closing ceremony -- brides hanging from helium-filled balloons

A tableau from the closing ceremony -- brides hanging from helium-filled balloons

Sochi 2014

“The new face of Russia”

ADLER, Russia — The Sochi 2014 Winter Games drew Sunday night to a close, an Olympics intent on projecting the image of a strong and confident new Russia across this vast country and to the world beyond, with a mighty Russian team awakening the echoes of the mighty Soviet sport system to prideful spectator cheers of “Ro-ssi-ya! Ro-ssi-ya!”

Albeit, over 17 days, to the beat of “Get Lucky” by a Russian police choir. And cheerful volunteers yelling, “Good morning!” while dancing to the Black Eyed Peas.