The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday offered to allow North Korea to host only the cycle road race, not the complete cycling program as reported yesterday, at the 1988 Summer Olympics. As part of its final offer to the North Koreans made yesterday, the men's 100- kilometer cycling race would be held in the North. (Published 7/16/87)

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND, JULY 14 -- The International Olympic Committee today offered to allow North Korea to host the complete cycling program and, more significantly, women's volleyball in an attempt to prevent Pyongyang from trying to carry out its threat to lead a boycott of the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul. But the North Koreans insist they also must host the soccer tournament.

In June, the IOC offered to allow North Korea to host two sports (archery and table tennis) and parts of two others (cycling and soccer). Today, the IOC offered the entire cycling program and all of women's volleyball.

"This is progress," said Chin Chung Guk, vice president of the North Korean delegation. "We are still demanding that we host eight sports or events, but we are pleased the IOC is trying to compromise."

Still, by sundown, a final agreement seemed a long way off. There are several sticking points, the most notable revolving around soccer.

"We are asking to host all of the football {soccer} competition," Chin said this afternoon. "We are told we will get an answer in the morning, at 11 a.m."

That answer is almost certain to be no. In June, it was proposed that the North Koreans be given one-fourth of the preliminary-round soccer matches. The competition will consist of four pools of four teams each; one of those pools, it was proposed, would play its games in North Korea.

But after that proposal, North Korea refused to take part in a scheduled qualifying game in Malaysia, claiming that, as a soccer co-host, it was entitled to an automatic berth in the 16-team field. Both the IOC and FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, have flatly disallowed that claim. As of this moment, North Korea is out of the soccer picture.

"They shot themselves in the foot on the soccer question," said Richard Pound of Canada, the IOC's third vice president. "Now, the question is why they would even want to host that one pool since they're out of the competition."

Today, in offering women's volleyball and cycling, the IOC asked the North Koreans to give up their share of soccer. The response was a demand for the entire soccer competition.

"We must have the football for there to be a resolution," said Chang Ung, secretary general of the North Korean delegation after his group's second meeting with the IOC this afternoon. "The question of our participation must be solved after that. This morning, we made progress. Now, though, there is no progress."

Even in the Byzantine world of IOC politics, this was an odd day. It began with both Korean delegations arriving at the gleaming new IOC headquarters shortly after 10 a.m. and being ushered into the conference room upstairs for formal pictures.

There were many pictures but no smiles and no handshakes between the two Korean groups. Then the South Koreans returned to the hotel while the North Koreans opened their meetings with the IOC.

It was that first meeting that produced the IOC's new offer. The South Koreans came back in the afternoon and, no sooner had they left, than the North Koreans returned. This time, however, the meeting was brief, and the North Koreans' faces were much grimmer than in the morning. It appeared they had pushed farther on the soccer question and were turned back.

The information on the day's talks came from the North Koreans. IOC President Juan-Antonio Samaranch took pains to be invisible, and the South Koreans spoke only of "minor changes" they had been asked to make by the IOC.

"Tomorrow we meet again," said Kim Chong Ha, president of the South Korean delegation. "After that, we will have more to say. But not until then." Then, as if to reassure himself, he added, "We are in the same boat as the IOC. The success of the IOC is the success of South Korea. There will be no co-hosting of these games. When we say minor changes, it is really minor, very small."

Kim would only issue a formal statement, and that was through an interpreter. The North Koreans not only answered questions, they did so in English. Exactly how far the groups are from a resolution remains a mystery. Samaranch indicated Monday he was willing to extend the meetings an extra day but, as of this evening, the only addition to the agenda has been an extra meeting with the South Koreans on Wednesday. Whether that means Samaranch believes an agreement is near or is impossible is difficult to gauge.

Clearly, women's volleyball would be a major coup for the North Koreans. It is a sport with following in both the East and West and one that will draw a good deal of television attention in the West. Until now, the only thing that had been offered that is a TV attraction at all in the West was half the men's cycling road race.

Now, the North Koreans have been offered another piece of the pie. It is still not nearly as large as they insist they must have, but they may be running out of options. Samaranch has recently shown a growing impatience with the North Koreans and may be willing to call their boycott bluff if they do not accept this latest compromise.

He has spoken repeatedly with Soviet-bloc nations in recent months, pointing out the IOC's willingness to compromise, and feels confident that if the North Koreans refuse to accept a compromise proposal, a major boycott can still be averted.

As for the recent political unrest in Seoul, Pound today reiterated Samaranch's stance that there will definitely be an Olympics in Seoul. "That was a false issue from the start," he insisted. "It was created by and for the press. There has never been any question about not going to Seoul and it is not a question that has been raised here."

In that case, it is about the only question that has not been raised. And, with one day of talks left, there are still no answers.