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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Jacques Rogge
Former Olympics chief Jacques Rogge of Belgium received an honorary knighthood from Britain on Tuesday.
Women's hockey isn't in danger of being kicked out of the Winter Olympics because of a lack of competition, the head of the sport's international governing body said at the Sochi Games on Tuesday.
Russian president Vladimir Putin spent the moments before his country's highly anticipated hockey showdown with the United States in a relaxed seaside cafe, sipping coffee and chatting with Olympic executives.
IOC spokesman Mark Adams says organizers are "very pleased" with the quality of play in the women's hockey tournament so far in Sochi.
The United States plays Canada in Olympic women's hockey Wednesday with little but pride at stake.
A new format was supposed to make the Olympic women's hockey tournament more competitive after Vancouver, when then-IOC president Jacques Rogge hinted that the sport could be kicked out of the Winter Games.
For women's hockey, the game between the United States and Canada is the highlight of the Olympics and it usually comes with the gold medal at stake.
The IOC launched a debate Wednesday on the future of Olympic bidding, including the possibility of individual country or joint bids rather than the tradition of choosing a single host city.
Since women's ice hockey became an Olympic sport in Nagano in 1998, the United States and Canada have dominated the podium — winning every gold medal and all but one of the silvers.
Canada and the United States.
Vladimir Putin isn't the only president with a lot riding on the Sochi Olympics.
Five days before the opening ceremony, new IOC President Thomas Bach will convene his inner cabinet to review final preparations and security plans for the Sochi Games and push his agenda for future policy changes in the Olympic movement.
When the world last came together for the Winter Olympics, Russia was in the doghouse because of doping.
Bach is the first Olympic gold medalist to become IOC president. He won gold in team fencing for West Germany in 1976.
Tokyo has been considered a slight favorite but has been on the defensive in the final days of the campaign amid mounting concerns about the Fukushima leak.
Then-IOC President Jacques Rogge had been quoted after the Vancouver games as saying, "We cannot continue without improvement."