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February 3, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - The International Olympic Committee could take another step this week toward getting baseball and women's softball back into the Olympics as well as adding squash for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. New IOC president Thomas Bach said Monday he expects discussion by the IOC membership at its general meeting on flexibility toward adding sports, for which the Olympic Charter has a seven-year rule. It mandates sports must be on the Olympic program seven years before the summer or winter Olympics in which they will be contested.
January 1, 1985 | GARY JARLSON, Times Staff Writer
If 1984 was nothing else, it was the year of the Olympics. They were called the Los Angeles Games, but the magnitude of the event alone ensured that Orange County would also play a major part in the quadrennial celebration of excellence by thousands of the world's most gifted athletes.
September 16, 1995 | Associated Press
The 1996 Olympics will be smoke-free, including a ban not only on smoking but on advertising of tobacco products, officials said Friday. Smoking will be forbidden at all Olympic venues "and promotion of tobacco products will be prohibited, including distribution of free samples, coupons and other promotional items," the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games said. The policy, the committee said, is consistent with International Olympic Committee ideals of good health and a clean environment.
It is supposed to be the world's showcase for itself, a display of the highest ideals of peaceful competition. Nations paused in the evil of making war in order to hold Olympic Games, in which nobody died. But, of course, that was a long time ago when the custom was determined by the ancient Greeks. It's still the showcase for one thing or another, although not quite as intended when the Games were reborn in Athens 100 years ago.
August 15, 1992 | RICH ROBERTS
One of the United States' strongest performances in the Olympic Games, as usual, was in sailing. Too bad NBC missed it. Despite its jingoistic bent and 40 hours of live sailing coverage available from the world television feed, NBC showed not a single blip of the action just off the beach at Barcelona, where U.S. sailors won medals in nine of the 10 classes--one gold, six silver and two bronze. Videotape was used to review a last-race protest against J. J.
March 7, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ian Wooldridge, 75, one of the most influential and popular British sports journalists of his generation, died Sunday in a London hospital after a long illness, the Daily Mail newspaper reported. "He was writing his incomparable column to the end, often in considerable discomfort," the paper said. He was reported to have been battling cancer.
April 2, 1990 | From Associated Press
President Bush today made a pitch for Atlanta to host the 1996 Summer Olympics and promised not to let politics intrude. Bush, after addressing a broadcasters convention, visited a scale-model exhibit of proposed and existing sport facilities that the Atlanta Organizing Committee is using in its bid to win the Games. Bush greeted several members of the International Olympic Committee.
Just the name of the place is enough to evoke a feeling of dreariness and gloom. Manchester, England, is where the Industrial Revolution was born; a place whose mere mention conjures leaden skies, red-brick factories and towering chimneys belching black smoke. Eight years ago, when a few Manchester notables first started talking about a bid for the Olympic Games, everybody laughed.
Los Angeles organizers today will announce intentions to bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The bid is expected to show enough readiness that it could be workable in 2004, should preparations for the Athens Olympics falter. Los Angeles held Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984, and a third would be unprecedented. The key to the bid is existing facilities. A to-do list of expensive construction work is short.
June 5, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Janice-Lee Romary, who competed as a fencer in six consecutive Olympics and was the first woman to carry the U.S. flag during opening ceremonies, died Thursday from complications related to Alzheimer's disease at her home in Klamath Falls, Ore., her family said. She was 79. Romary competed in the Olympic foil event from 1948 until 1968, finishing fourth in 1952 and 1956. She and Maria Cerra (1948) share the mark for the highest finish by a U.S. female fencer in the Olympics.
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