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Three for 2020 in, Doha and Baku out

QUEBEC CITY, Canada — In cutting the 2020 Summer Games bid city field Wednesday from five cities to three, the International Olympic Committee eliminated both Baku and Doha, immediately raising the provocative question of whether Doha — which, let’s face it, is due to put on soccer’s 2022 World Cup — is ever going to get its chance to make its case before the full IOC.

The IOC’s 15-member policy-making executive board, meeting here amid the sprawling SportAccord assembly, passed Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul through to the so-called “candidate city” phase.

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2020 — fairness in IOC rules?

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The International Olympic Committee here this week announced a series of seemingly benign rules designed to guide the process by which it will, in 2013, select the city that will stage the 2020 Summer Games.

If 2013 seems a long time away, 2020 seems almost silly. A first-grader would be just about to start his or her junior year in high school by the time the opening ceremony of those 2020 Games rolls around.