Olympic teams and athletes choosing to stay at hotels or other sites outside the athletes' village must take responsibility for their own security during the Athens Games.
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, speaking at the end of an executive board meeting yesterday in Lausanne, Switzerland, said national Olympic committees are free to bring their own security personnel.
"This is not a new procedure, it's been done before," Rogge said, noting the Belgian team had its own security when he was the delegation leader at several Olympiads.
He said athletes making their own housing arrangements won't have the same level of protection as those staying at the Olympic Village, which comes under the Greek security umbrella. "If an athlete says, 'I don't want to be in the village and I will stay in a hotel,' his national Olympic committee will definitely give him good advice," Rogge said.
The United States is sending 550 athletes and a support staff of 300, along with more than 100 federal agents to keep an eye on them, USOC chief security officer Larry Buendorf said last week. While the vast majority of the athletes will stay in the Olympic Village, the NBA stars may stay aboard a ship in Piraeus Harbor.
Whether foreign security personnel can carry arms is up to the Greek government, Rogge said.
Greek Public Order Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis repeatedly has said that no foreign security personnel will be allowed to carry weapons. There is widespread speculation, however, of a tacit understanding that athletes from the United States, Israel and other high-risk nations will have armed protection.
Triathlon Elections Voided
A U.S. Olympic Committee panel has overturned results of last year's USA Triathlon board elections and ordered the organization to hold a new vote as soon as possible.
The five-person panel, headed by Thurgood Marshall Jr., ruled Monday that the election rules did not follow USAT bylaws and left open the possibility for fraud.
The panel set a deadline of May 28 for receiving petitions, and ballots will be sent out June 14. Ballots must be returned by June 28 and the new board will be seated by July 12.
Six USAT members asked for new elections last year in a dispute over rules set up at a meeting in June. The group sued in February, seeking to overturn results of the election Nov. 7, but withdrew it after agreeing to let an independent panel settle the dispute.
Coe Is Running Things Now
Olympic champion runner Sebastian Coe was put in charge of London's bid for the 2012 Games, one day after the city made the IOC cut as one of five remaining candidates.
He replaced Barbara Cassani, who resigned and took Coe's job as vice chairman.
Cassani was born in Massachusetts and grew up mostly in California. Critics had questioned why a Briton did not have the top job. . . .
Greece's appeal to receive an automatic berth for men's field hockey at the Athens Olympics was rejected by The Court of Arbitration for Sport. South Africa was said to be the team that would lose its qualifying spot if Greece's appeal was accepted.