The North Korean delegation Thursday at ANOC, perusing the magazine from the Olympic publisher Around the Rings

The North Korean delegation Thursday at ANOC, perusing the magazine from the Olympic publisher Around the Rings

LA 2024

The Olympic scene drops in on the USA

WASHINGTON — What got done here this week at the Assn. of National Olympic Committees meeting was not nearly as noteworthy as two other essentials: the fact that the meeting was held in the first place in the United States and that delegates from 204 entities were on hand.

As the session gaveled to order on Thursday, there in their place in the rows of seats were, for instance, representatives from North Korea.

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IOC

Who do you love?

BUENOS AIRES — As circuses go, this one is most excellent. The question: who will be the next ringleader and where is the next tent to be pitched?

Here Friday morning in the corner of the Hilton Hotel lobby one could see Thomas Bach of Germany, the International Olympic Committee vice president running for the top job, talking very, very quietly with Cuba’s Reynaldo González López.

Two-time fencing silver medalist Yuki Ota (far left) and the Tokyo 2020 bid team

Two-time fencing silver medalist Yuki Ota (far left) and the Tokyo 2020 bid team

2020 Bid Cities

2020: playing the safe card

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Tokyo 2020’s Yuki Ota, a two-time silver medalist in fencing, bounded across the stage and said to the crowd, with enormous energy and enthusiasm, “It is great to be back in St. Petersburg,” where he had competed in 2007. Everyone laughed, and he had them from there as he said, “I can promise that Tokyo 2020 will see your sports shine.”

A few moments later, Jaime García-Legaz, at the lectern for Madrid 2020, tackled the pink elephant in the room head-on — the Spanish economy. His nation’s minister of commerce and international trade, García-Legaz noted that the International Monetary Fund and others project “steady” economic growth for Spain in the next five years, adding, “The fundamentals of the Spanish economy are strong and deep.”