© St. Petersburg Times, published December 22, 2002
IOC president Jacques Rogge said he will not let big-money sponsors pressure the Olympics into adopting trendy sports that could lose popularity after a few years.
"The Olympic program must always adapt itself to youth, but we must not fall into the trap of temporary fashions," Rogge said.
"When I was young, the Hula Hoop was in fashion. I was actually very good at it, but it hasn't lasted."
The International Olympic Committee has rejected proposals to consider surfing, parachuting, roller-skating and nine other sports for inclusion in the 2008 Beijing Games.
Last month, the IOC delayed a decision to include golf and rugby until after the 2004 Athens Games.
Rogge said the success of snow boarding and moguls in the Salt Lake City Games showed the Olympics should stay open to new ideas. But new sports should not be added without dropping others to prevent the Games becoming unmanageable. The last sport dropped from the Summer Olympics was polo in 1936.
HORSES: Toccet won the $406,507 Hollywood Futurity on Saturday at Hollywood Park, prevailing by a head over 13-10 favorite Kafwain. Kafwain was disqualified to fourth for interference in the stretch. Domestic Dispute, who like Kafwain is trained by Bob Baffert, placed second and Coax Kid moved to third in the six-horse field. Toccet returned $5.20, $2.80 and $2.40. The $243,900 winner's share pushed Toccet's career earnings to $755,610. In the co-featured $150,000 Dahlia Handicap, Surya and Tout Charmant finished in a dead heat for first. Tout Charmant paid $3.80 and $3.60. Surya paid $2.60, $3 and $2.60. ... Critical Eye captured the final race of her career, rallying from last for a 11/4-length win in the $107,400 Ladies Handicap at Aqueduct. Critical Eye moved past the $1-million mark for her career with a 14-4-3 record in 38 starts. She returned $13.40, $7.60 and $2.10. ... Cellars Shiraz romped to her seventh stakes victory of the year at Calder, winning the $100,000 Frances A. Center Stakes, returning $7, $3.60 and $3.20. Long-shot Stormy Roman won by a head in the $100,000 Pete Axthelm Stakes, returning $65.80, $30.80 and $13.
AMERICA'S CUP: San Francisco's Oracle moved within one win of the challenger final, taking a 3-0 lead over Seattle's OneWorld Challenge in the semifinal repechage in Auckland, New Zealand. OneWorld incurred an early penalty for a right-of-way infringement and fouled again when it crossed the start line before the gun. Those errors gave OneWorld little hope of saving the race and preventing Oracle from taking a big lead in a best-of-seven series. It followed Oracle around the 18.5 nautical-mile course and, when it had discharged its penalty at the finish line, trailed by 55 seconds.
WINTER SPORTS: American Hannah Teter, 15, won the women's super-pipe in the U.S. Snow Board Grand Prix at Park City, Utah, Friday. Teter upset Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark. American Keir Dillon won the men's. ... Austrian Michaela Dorfmeister (1 minute, 43.53 seconds) won a women's World Cup downhill in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. American Kirsten Clark (1:44.38) was third. ... Germany's Ruben Feisthauer led his four-man team to a World Cup bobsled win in La Plagne, France. Todd Hays' American team tied for second with Andre Lange's German one. ... France's Antoine Deneriaz (1:55.95) won a World Cup downhill in Val Gardena, Italy. ... German Axel Teichmann took the men's 2x10K double pursuit in Ramsau, Austria, for his first World Cup victory. Norway's Bente Skari won the women's 2x5K. ... Finland's Janne Ahonen won his first World Cup ski-jumping event of the season in Engelberg, Switzerland, with jumps of 128 and 132 meters.
BOXING: Former junior welterweight champion Aaron Pryor is suing Carl King, son of promoter Don King, claiming he was not paid $7,500 for training another fighter. The lawsuit, filed Friday in Hamilton County (Ohio) Municipal Court, claims Pryor was supposed to be paid $10,000 to train Cincinnati's Larry Donald for a fight in Germany last month. Pryor contends he was paid about $2,500 before the fight, but the payments stopped after Donald lost to Vitali Klitschko.
COLLEGES: Tampa junior Kevin Shortt won the 100-yard freestyle in 46.78 seconds at the Delta State Invitational men's and women's swimming tournament. In the women's 100, senior Melissa Fielder won in 52.91.
TENNIS: Tommy Haas will withdraw from the Australian Open in January after surgery on an injured shoulder, his agent, Tony Godsick, said. Haas, a semifinalist at the Australian Open last year, injured his right shoulder practicing in Florida and went to New York to see a specialist. He had surgery on a torn rotator cuff Thursday.
GOLF: American Ted Purdy and Japan's Tateo Ozaki and Hiroyuki Fujita shared the lead after two rounds of the rain-interrupted Okinawa Open in Japan. First-round leader Purdy shot 2-under 70, Ozaki shot 64 and Fujita 68. They were 9-under par and led Dinesh Chand (66) by a stroke in the Asian PGA/Japan Golf Organization Tour event. ... Thomas H. Wyman, the former CBS CEO who resigned his membership at Augusta National, was in intensive care at a Boston hospital with an abdominal infection. Wyman, 72, resigned his 25-year membership Nov. 27, saying the club's refusal to admit women as members is unacceptable and "pigheaded."