The chances of Los Angeles being chosen as the site of the 1984 summer Olympics appeared bleaker than ever yesterday, according to both members of the International Olympic Committee and city officials.
Los Angeles is the only city asking to host the Games, but has run head on into the IOC over the issue of who controls Olympics costs - the IOC or the Los Angeles City Council.
Despite behind-the-scenes negotiations for three days, the main conflict remains unresolved, according to both sides.
Lord Killanin, president of the IOC, chaired a meeting of his executive board with the 26 international sports federations that control Olympics sports and told the meeting a draft contract submitted by Los Angeles is not satisfactory.
Tom Keller, Swiss president of General Assembly of International Federations (CAIF), pledged that all the federations will support the IOC in any stand it decides to take.
Robert Kane, president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, told the Los Angeles delegation it must try to change the contract it has submitted. The proposal sets out, among other controversial points, who would own the 1984 television rights. The IOC says the wording gives the rights, which the IOC claims, to Los Angeles.
Members of the IOC executive board are determined not to compromise, The Associated Press reported, and will tell the full IOC session, starting tomorrow, that Los Angeles must stage the games the IOC's way or not at all.
The IOC has been using Kane and Don Miler, the secretary of the U.S. Olympic Committee, as intermediaries in a bid to find a compromise. But a source on the IOC's nine-man executive board made it clear there was little room for maneuver.
"The U.S. Olympic Committee comes to us and says they think they can get a compromise if we bend a little," said the source. "But why the hell should we? I know for a fact that we could go out today and reopen the bidding for the Games and get other candidates.