With the Sochi Olympics behind them, IOC leaders are gathering in Turkey this week amid growing alarm over Brazil’s troubled preparations for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Six weeks after the close of the Winter Games in Russia, the International Olympic Committee executive board meets in the Mediterranean resort of Belek to review a wide range of issues - none more urgent than the chronic construction delays that are putting some of Rio’s venue plans at risk.
IOC President Thomas Bach convenes his policy-making board Wednesday for a two-day meeting during SportAccord, an annual global sports industry convention. Also meeting in Belek is the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations, whose leaders are deeply concerned about the construction holdups in Rio.
Bach has said repeatedly that Rio “doesn’t have a day to lose” to get ready for South America’s first Olympics, mindful of the continuing delays for this year’s World Cup in Brazil.
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International Skating Union President Ottavio Cinquanta of Italy is suggesting radical changes in figure skating.
In figure skating, Cinquanta calls for:
— Doing away with the short program because “no other sports are based on two segments.”
Cinquanta says the required elements in the short program could be put in the free skate to make sure the athletes were capable of performing them. By eliminating the short program, he writes, it might be possible to have junior and senior world championships at the same facility during the same time period rather than held separately as they are now.
— Making the skating singles, pairs, dance and team performances all last the same time. The free skate part of men’s singles and pairs currently lasts 30 seconds longer (4 minutes, 30 seconds) than it does in women’s singles and dance. ”I do not wish to say 4 minutes or 4:15,” Cinquanta writes. ”This will be determined by the ISU technical bodies concerned.”
— Keeping the judges anonymous so “nobody can detect which score has been decided by which judge.”
— Simplifying the scoring system “to render it understandable.”
— Redefine and perhaps rename the senior age category.
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Maia and Alex Shibutani may not have won any medals at the Olympics, but they enjoyed the Games like every athlete should.…Let’s just get this out of the way: The Shibutanis won the Olympics. They didn’t win a medal. They didn’t come especially close to winning a medal. They are a brother-sister ice dance team and they were actually disappointed in their free skate – they had a bit of a clothing malfunction. They won the Olympics anyway.
“No regrets,” they say to each other, and they smile because that has been the whole point of their Olympics. No regrets. Enjoy everything. The Winter Olympics are a massive snowglobe of joy and dismay and confusion and politics and friendship and glory. The thorny challenge for the athletes is to somehow make sense of it all. You see them here in a fog, weighed down by the intense pressure, frustrated by a poor score or an imperfect turn, staggered by the hugeness of it all. That’s human.
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