- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 5, 2002

From combined dispatches
SALT LAKE CITY The IOC quickly discovered it's not ready for the first formal rules on conflicts of interest.
Still recovering from the Salt Lake City corruption scandal, the International Olympic Committee yesterday shelved rules adopted just two days before.
In a 45-minute exchange on the first day of the IOC general assembly, a dozen members said the rules would create headaches with investigations and paperwork, and needed more study before they took effect.
"My reaction is that it goes much farther than members would want to go," Britain's Craig Reedie said.
Dick Pound of Canada, who led the IOC investigation of the Salt Lake City scandal, said the rules were "a wonderful start" but contained "a built-in series of conflicts" for members who also represent sports federations and national Olympic committees.
One member questioned why the IOC, a group criticized internationally for taking advantage of any loophole, needed ethics rules at all.
"I'm disappointed that we have so little confidence in ourselves that we need an ethics commission to tell us how to act," New Zealand's Tay Wilson said.
Jacques Rogge, running his first assembly as IOC president, and ethics commission chairman Keba M'Baye agreed to withdraw the rules, adopted Saturday by the policy-making executive board.
Instead, Rogge told members to submit proposed changes to the ethics commission for a revised code, to be considered at a special meeting on reforms in Mexico City in November. He called a conflict-of-interest code a "logical progression" from recent IOC rules changes.
The IOC has long had informal rules against conflicts of interest, but they were never on the books.
The new rules would have required all IOC members and staff, along with counterparts in most other Olympic agencies, to file lists with the ethics commission of potential conflicts of interest.

Torch reaches Utah
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, Utah Western movie fans know the landscape well: tall red-rock spires, sandstone arches hollowed out by eons of desert winds, perhaps a lone sagebrush.
Yesterday, the site greeted Olympic torch carriers as the flame arrived in the host state of the Winter Games.
Starting the day beneath Delicate Arch one of Utah's most enduring symbols the flame received a blessing from Frank B. Arrowchis, a member of the Northern Ute Tribe. Wearing a full Indian headdress, he waved an eagle's wing in all four directions of the compass.

French skaters out
PARIS Sarah Abitbol and Stephane Bernadis, France's pairs champions in figure skating, have been forced to withdraw from the Winter Olympics because of an injury.
Abitbol tore her Achilles' tendon during practice at a training camp in Logan, Utah, on Saturday, the French National Olympic Committee said.

Bobsledder appeals
SALT LAKE CITY A Latvian bobsledder has appealed a decision by the International Olympic Committee to ban him from the Winter Olympics because of a positive drug test.
The appeal by Sandis Prusis, filed Sunday in conjunction with the Latvian National Olympic Committee, now goes before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, a panel designed to keep eligibility disputes out of the courts.

Chinese skater breaks mark
CALGARY Chinese speed skater Yang Yang tuned up for the Winter Olympics by breaking her own world record in the 1,000-meter short-track.
Yang Yang finished Sunday in 1:31.191 at the Calgary Olympic Oval to beat her previous mark of 1:31.871, set last October on the same track.
The record must still be ratified by the International Skating Union.

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