The International Olympic Committee will move its planned world anti-doping agency out of Lausanne, Switzerland--the location of IOC's headquarters--and consider several other measures pushed for by U.S. drug czar Barry McCaffrey, according to IOC Vice President Dick Pound, who met with McCaffrey yesterday at the White House.
McCaffrey and Pound stated jointly they had resolved their differences over the IOC's anti-doping plan, which McCaffrey recently criticized for a lack of independence and transparency.
"I don't think there is any issue at which we're at odds," Pound said. "We're looking forward to working together as we get an agency staffed."
During the meeting, McCaffrey acted as a spokesperson for the 26 national governments who signed an anti-doping agreement last month in Sydney.
Pound said the IOC would create a bid process to decide where to put the anti-doping agency (he said Madrid, Lisbon, Bonn and Vienna already have expressed interest), which is scheduled to get off the ground in January. Pound also said the IOC would consider McCaffrey's proposals regarding the preservation of athletes' urine samples--so they can be retested when better tests are found--and the elimination of a statute of limitations on doping violations.
McCaffrey, meanwhile, dropped his opposition to Pound's leadership of the anti-doping agency. Pound, one of four IOC vice presidents, said he will direct the agency for no more than two years.
Jarrett Driver of Year
Dale Jarrett, who reached the pinnacle of stock car racing this season with his first NASCAR Winston Cup championship, has been chosen the driver of the year.
Jarrett was picked for the honor in a season-end vote by a national panel of motorsports journalists who gave the NASCAR star 12 of 15 first-place ballots. The other three went to CART FedEx Series champion Juan Montoya, a rookie from Colombia. . . .
International Speedway Corp. bought Richmond International Raceway for $215 million, adding to a collection of tracks that includes Daytona International Speedway.
Track and Field
Greene, Miller Honored
World record holder Maurice Greene and world champion Inger Miller were honored as winners of USA Track & Field's Jesse Owens Memorial Awards.
The awards are presented annually to the year's outstanding U.S. male and female athletics performers. . . .
Four track and field notables have been elected to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. Selected in recent balloting were former world record holders Charles Moore of the District and Willie Banks; marathon great Bill Rodgers; and the late Larry Ellis, a former president of USA Track & Field who was also the 1984 Olympic men's head coach.
Torrance Named Captain
Sam Torrance, an outspoken critic of U.S. player and fan behavior two months ago at the Ryder Cup, was chosen Europe's captain for the 2001 match at The Belfry in England.
Torrance was an eight-time playing member of the European team and was one of Mark James's assistants in Europe's loss to the United States in Brookline, Mass., in September.
Connors Wins in London
Jimmy Connors, playing in Britain for the first time in 7 1/2 years--and the first time in an ATP Senior Tour event in Europe--defeated John Lloyd, 6-4, 7-5, at the Honda Challenge in London.
Connors faces Bjorn Borg in the next round today and plays John McEnroe on Friday, the first match between the two in Britain since McEnroe defeated Connors in straight sets to win the 1984 Wimbledon final. . . .
Fairfax's Kathleen Blaszak, a junior All-Met tennis player at Flint Hill, defeated Alexis Gordon of Hartford, Conn., 7-5, 6-3, Monday to win the USTA girls 18 national indoor championships in Southfield, Mich. Blaszak entered the tournament as the sixth seed.
Prada 1st in New Boat
Front-runner Prada had instant success with its second yacht Thursday, beating the New York Yacht Club's Young America by 23 seconds in the opening race of the America's Cup challenger series third round-robin in Auckland, New Zealand.
The Italian entry, which won 19 of 20 races with another boat in the opening two rounds, unveiled a slightly narrower version for the final round. Each victory is worth nine points in the final round.
In other races Thursday, AmericaOne defeated Fast 2000 by 33 seconds; Hawaii's Abracadabra beat the Spanish Challenge by 27 seconds; Japan's Nippon trounced Le Defi Francais by 3 minutes 6 seconds; and Stars and Stripes defeated Young Australia by 1:14.
Heat's Hardaway Is Out
Miami Heat guard Tim Hardaway was placed on the injured list because of a jammed right knee. Hardaway, who has missed the Heat's past four games, will not be eligible to return until Dec. 11 at Seattle, meaning he will miss at least another four games.
Soviet high jumper Vladimir Yashchenko, who held the world indoor and outdoor records, died of cirrhosis of the liver. He was 40.