Evolution, not revolution, was the theme as the International Olympic Committee opened debate yesterday on ways to change in the wake of its biggest scandal.
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was among several speakers who called on the IOC to be more open, accountable and representative. And several athletes, including speedskater Johan Olav Koss, challenged the IOC to give a bigger voice to those who actually compete in the Games.
The opening session of the IOC's new reform commission was also tempered by words of caution about moving too far too fast. Delegates warned against radical change in a 105-year-old organization that has survived world wars, terrorism and boycotts.
Summing up the day's talks, IOC spokesman Franklin Servan-Schreiber said, "We need to adapt and to update the structure of the IOC--not destroy and rebuild it."
Yesterday was the first meeting of IOC 2000, an 80-member reform commission created in the wake of the vote-buying scandal stemming from Salt Lake City's successful bid for the 2002 Winter Games. The panel, which continues talks today, is examining ways of reshaping the IOC's structure and the process for selecting Olympic host cities.
The commission is expected to consider changes to the way IOC members are selected, including introducing term limits and reducing the mandatory retirement age, which is 80.
The commission, which is divided into three working groups, is to submit a preliminary report June 20 at the next IOC general assembly in Seoul, South Korea. Final recommendations are scheduled to be adopted at a special IOC session in December.
In other developments, Australian IOC member Phil Coles said he would clear his name when he appears Thursday before a special panel investigating charges of ethical misconduct. Coles is accused of abusing his position, most recently by passing memos and evaluations of other IOC members to Salt Lake City's bid team. . . .
Meantime, European Union sports ministers threatened to set up their own doping agency if the IOC fails to accept their demands. The EU sports ministers want the IOC to set up a worldwide doping agency by Jan. 1, 2000. The agency should be able to conduct drug tests without advance warning and must be able to impose sanctions.
The agency's seat must not be in Lausanne, Switzerland, which is also the headquarters of the IOC, and the agency should be financed by participating governments, the ministers agreed.
If the IOC does not accept these conditions, the EU will set up its own doping agency, participants said.
In other business, the sports ministers urged that Yugoslavia be excluded from all sporting events in Europe because of the conflict in Kosovo.
Four-Team Deal in MLS
In one of the biggest trades in Major League Soccer's four seasons, the struggling Miami Fusion acquired San Jose star forward Eric Wynalda, Los Angeles forward Welton and New York/New Jersey defender Arley Palacios as part of a four-team deal.
Wynalda, the U.S. national team's all-time leading scorer who is sidelined with a knee injury, initially was traded to New York/New Jersey as the future considerations from the Jan. 20 trade that sent midfielder Marcelo Vega and forward Raul Diaz Arce to San Jose.
The MetroStars also dealt Costa Rican midfielder Roy Myers to Los Angeles for Welton, then packaged Wynalda, Welton and Palacios to Miami for a "marquee" player allocation from the league to be announced soon. That may end up being former Argentine World Cup star Claudio Caniggia. . . .
U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena has called in Netherlands-based forward Ernie Stewart for the June 13 friendly against Argentina at RFK Stadium. Also, France-based defender David Regis has a knee injury and will not play. . . .
Ronaldo will miss a pair of exhibition games between Brazil and the Netherlands, several Brazilian news organizations said. The star forward, who plays for the Italian club Internazionale of Milan, gave the national team copies of medical exams done in Milan and did not seem optimistic about playing, the Estado news agency reported. . . .
More than 400,000 tickets have been sold for the women's World Cup, including 62,000 for the opening doubleheader June 19 at Giants Stadium.
No Action on Grievance
Citing what amounts to a statute of limitations, the U.S. Figure Skating Association will not act on a grievance alleging sexual exploitation by one of the country's top coaches. The coach, Richard Callaghan, said he would begin working with at least five elite skaters June 21 at a new venue, the Troy, Mich., Sports Center. Callaghan's resignation as skating director of the Detroit Skating Club was effective yesterday.
Callaghan had been accused of sexual exploitation by a former student and colleague, Craig Maurizi. Other former Callaghan students told the New York Times the coach had made improper advances to them.
Brett Goes Batty
After getting 3,154 hits in a Hall of Fame career, George Brett knows bats the way a winemaker knows grapes. So getting into bat production is a natural.
Brett and his brothers just bought half-ownership of TriDiamond Sports, a revolutionary bat maker, and renamed it Brett Bros. Bat Co.
Unlike traditional bats milled from single pieces of wood, these bats are made of three strips of Northern White Ash. The strips are glued to form a stick said to be 20 percent stronger than normal bats.
Mr. Prospector Dies
Mr. Prospector, who went from an undistinguished racing career to prominence as the nation's top thoroughbred stallion, died yesterday. He was 29.
Mr. Prospector came down with colic early yesterday morning and was diagnosed with an inflammation of the membrane lining the abdomen. Acting on the advice of veterinarians, Claiborne Farm owner Seth Hancock had him euthanized, assistant farm manager Gus Koch said.
Koch said Mr. Prospector will be buried in the Claiborne cemetery, between Nijinsky and Secretariat. "Someone said earlier that he always did keep good company," Koch said.
Track and Field
Devers, Marsh Scratch
Gail Devers, the two-time Olympic women's 100-meter gold medalist, and Mike Marsh, the 1992 Olympic 200-meter champion, have withdrawn from Sunday's inaugural TFA Pro Championships. Organizers said yesterday that Devers still was not recovered from a hamstring injury that sidelined her all of last year. The reason for Marsh's withdrawal was not disclosed.
Borrowing a page from college football bowls, NASCAR and other pro sports, Pensacola lawyer Fred Levin wants to create a boxing league with corporate sponsorship. Levin, who represents five-time world champion Roy Jones Jr. and other boxers, hopes the World Boxing League can replace the many sanctioning organizations already out there. The proliferation has resulted in multiple champions and fan confusion. January 2000 is the tentative start date for the WBL.
Minor League Baseball
Keys, Cannons All-Stars
Three members of the Frederick Keys and two from the Potomac Cannons have been named to this year's Class A Carolina League all-star game roster. Frederick's Jayson Werth (catcher), Luis Matos (outfielder) and Eddy Martinez (shortstop), as well as Potomac's Andy Bevins (designated hitter) and Jason Marr (pitcher), will participate in the June 22 game in Lake Elsinore, Calif., against the California League all-stars.
CAPTION: Swiss businessman Nicolas Hayek, left, talks with Henry Kissinger during a break at the first meeting of IOC 2000, in Lausanne, Switzerland.