Sport: Elevation of a Lord

HIGH above the Isar River embankment in the ornate home of the Bavarian parliament, the 74-man International Olympic Committee met last week behind guarded doors to select a new president. After the ballots were counted and burned, Irish whisky was delivered to the conference room. The choice of drink was appropriate. Some hours later it was announced that the successor to Avery Brundage, for 20 years the autocratic arbiter of international amateur sport, was Michael Morris, Baron Killanin, of Dublin.

The elevation of Lord Killanin came as no surprise. The only other contender...

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