When the International Olympic Committee decides this week whether to drop any Olympic sports, not even the sports federations themselves will know the exact vote counts.
Each of the 28 sports will be put to a secret ballot Friday. Any sport failing to get a majority will be dropped for the 2012 Olympics.
For any sport dropped, the IOC will consider adding a new one from a waiting list of five contenders -- golf, rugby, karate, squash and roller sports.
The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations, which represents all 28 sports, is lobbying for the existing program to be upheld.
The IOC executive board, which opened a two-day meeting in Singapore yesterday, accepted a request by ASOIF to keep the vote totals secret. All that will be disclosed is whether a sport is in or out.
IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies said ASOIF President Denis Oswald made the request for secrecy "to avoid any rankings between sports." The move also spares embarrassment for any sports that barely make the cut.
* ROWING: Olympic champion Wyatt Allen won the Diamond Sculls title at the Henley Royal Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England, while Trinity (Conn.) College captured the Temple Cup for student eights.
Allen, representing the Princeton Rowing Center, went up against Australia's Charlie Palmer of the English club Cantabrigian in the final. The American dominated throughout, leading from the start and eventually winning by three lengths.
"It's great to win one of rowing's historic events, in fact it's an honor," he said. "Winning the Olympics is special beyond compare, but this is right up there, too."
* BOXING: Martin Sanchez of Mexico died a day after he was knocked out in a super lightweight bout in Las Vegas by Rustam Nugaev of Russia.
The 26-year-old fighter died Saturday at Valley Hospital Medical Center, hospital marketing director Gretchen Papez told the Associated Press yesterday.
She said federal regulations prevented her from discussing specifics.
* PRO BASKETBALL: The Boston Celtics signed first-round draft pick Gerald Green. The Celtics took Green with the 18th overall selection in last week's NBA draft. The 19-year-old Green is expected to play for Boston next week in the Reebok Vegas Summer League.
The 6-foot-8 forward entered the draft out of high school. He averaged 33 points during his senior year at Gulf Shores Academy in Houston. . . .
Lauren Jackson scored a season-high 31 points, and the Seattle Storm built a 20-point lead before holding on for a 74-67 win over the visiting Sacramento Monarchs in the WNBA.
-- From News Services