Track and field's governing body renewed its opposition yesterday to a big-money match race between sprinters Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis. The Canadian's two-year ban for testing positive for steroids at the Seoul Olympics expires today.
"I will never allow it to happen," Primo Nebiolo, president of the International Amateur Athletic Federation, said in Beijing. "We do not allow two-horse races."
The IAAF said it was reaffirming a stand taken shortly after Johnson tested positive in Seoul because, as of today, the former 100-meter world record-holder will be eligible to compete again. . . .
The International Olympic Committee has no immediate plans to deal with Iraq over its invasion of Kuwait, IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch said. He said he was hopeful of a solution to the military standoff in the Gulf within six weeks, but stressed that was based only on a personal impression.
Thursday, the Olympic Council of Asia suspended Iraq and barred it from the Asian Games. There were fears Iraqi participation could have led to a boycott by many of the 37 other members. Samaranch said the IOC backed the OCA decision. . . .
On the Asian Games' first day of competition, 97-pound farmer's daughter Xing Fen had a clean and jerk of 209 pounds to win the first gold medal and lead a Chinese sweep of the day's medal events.
The Chinese picked up three golds in women's weightlifting, four in swimming (all Games records) and one in men's team gymnastics.
Kuwait, whose soccer team was traveling when their country was invaded Aug. 2 by Iraq, posted a 2-1 victory over Hong Kong.