Six months after the Olympic corruption scandal broke, the International Olympic Committee sets out this week on a path of reform that could reshape the 105-year-old organization.
A special task force, whose members include Henry Kissinger and Peter Ueberroth, meets for the first time today to begin rebuilding the IOC after its worst crisis.
Convinced the Salt Lake City bribery scandal and its aftershocks are behind them, IOC leaders are now taking the first concrete steps toward the future.
"This meeting is only the beginning," IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch said in an interview yesterday. "We cannot expect any kind of resolution this week. Our aim is to have final decisions by the end of the year. If that's not possible, then by the spring of next year."
Samaranch said the reforms would not be dictated by pressure from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and other congressional critics who have threatened to enact legislation that would punish the IOC financially.
"They can do what they desire," Samaranch said. "But I repeat: The IOC is run by the IOC members. . . . We highly respect the Senate of the United States, but I am sure they also will respect the IOC."
Six IOC members were expelled in March, and four resigned after being accused of receiving cash or other improper inducements during Salt Lake City's successful bid for the 2002 Winter Games.
An IOC ethics commission, formed after the Salt Lake City scandal, met last week and drafted a conduct code for IOC members.
Today, the reform commission--called IOC 2000--will begin examining ways of overhauling the IOC's structure and the way host cities are chosen, including a radical suggestion to abolish the bidding process.
Originally planned as a group of 20 to 24 people, the commission has expanded to 80 members.
Colin Montgomerie won his second straight Volvo PGA, shooting an 8-under-par 64 to beat Mark James by five strokes in Virginia Water, England.
Montgomerie finished at 18-under 270 and captured his second European tour event in three tournaments.
"This round has to be, right now, the best ball-striking round possibly and the best course management round I've played," Montgomerie said.
His 64, capped by a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole, was the low round of the tournament, with James's 66 the day's next best. England's Paul Eales closed with a 67 to finish six strokes back.
Montgomerie said two weeks ago he would win two of the next three tournaments, which he did by taking the Benson and Hedges International and the Volvo. Tiger Woods won the other event, the Deutsche Bank Open in Germany.
Ethiopian Holds Off Two
Berhanu Adanne of Ethiopia outmaneuvered Armando Quintanilla and Hezron Otwori in the final quarter-mile to win the closest race in Bolder Boulder (Colo.) history.
Lidia Simon, a marathon runner from Romania, captured the women's individual title, but Ethiopia won the $12,000 team championship, edging second-place Kenya by four points.
Led by Quintanilla, the 1994 champion, Mexico won the men's team title--finishing second, fourth and sixth. Adanne's Ethiopian team was eight points behind, and Columbia came in third. . . .
Three-thousand runners hit the road to remember Florence Griffith Joyner, including the late sprinter's husband and daughter.
The 13-mile and 5-kilometer races in Laguna Hills, Calif., named for the Olympic medalist who died Sept. 21, raised more than $100,000 for the Flo-Jo Memorial Community Empowerment Foundation and Saddleback Memorial Medical Center.
Al Joyner, who also is an Olympic gold medalist, ran the 5K course. Griffith Joyner's daughter, Mary, ran in the 1K Mary Joyner Children's Race.
Jalabert Grabs 16th Stage
Laurent Jalabert held off a late-charging Marco Pantani, the overall leader, in a photo finish to win the Tour of Italy's 16th stage.
Jalabert, who saw Pantini, the defending champion, overtake him on the final climb the previous day, pulled away with less than 100 yards left.
Pantani made a late charge over the closing 30 yards, but Jalabert, the French national champion, edged across the finish first to claim his second stage win.
In the 22-stage race's overall standings, Pantani, an Italian who also won the Tour de France last summer, is 2 minutes 5 seconds ahead of Paolo Savoldelli, with Jalabert another second back.
Bangladesh Pulls Upset
Lightly regarded Bangladesh pulled off a major upset at the World Cup in Northampton, England, defeating Pakistan by 62 runs in the final match of the first round.
But it made no difference to Pakistan, which was assured of taking maximum points into the next round after winning its first four games to win Group B. Bangladesh, which beat Scotland earlier in the tournament, failed to advance.
It was Bangladesh's greatest win since being granted one-day status last year and its first over Pakistan in seven meetings.
Watford, which is owned by Elton John and coached by former England coach Graham Taylor, gained promotion to the English Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers in a First Division playoff at Wembley Stadium. Nick Wright and Allan Smart scored the goals.
John, in Seattle for a concert tonight, said he almost lost his voice celebrating the first goal. He added: "This is a magnificent achievement. If I could play every concert as well as those guys played out there, I would be a very happy man."
First Division champion Sunderland and runner-up Bradford City also were promoted.
CAPTION: Colin Montgomerie plays iron shot on No. 3 en route to closing 8-under 64 for second straight victory at Volvo PGA.