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Tuesday, July 18, 2000
Hybl, Porter among nominees for IOC membership

 (AP) --The president of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the American president of the International Softball Federation are among the nominees for seats on the IOC.

 Bill Hybl, 58, whose term as head of the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based USOC ends this year, and Don Porter, 70, were nominated by their respective organizations. The ISF is based in Plant City, Fla.

 An International Olympic Committee panel is reviewing about 45 nominations this week in Lausanne, Switzerland. The full committee will elect 15-20 members at meetings scheduled for early September in Sydney, Australia.

 "I'm just honored to be considered," Hybl said Tuesday. He declined further comment on his own nomination, but said Porter would be a good selection.

 "I think it's an honor in one respect but on the other side, I think it's important that the United States have more representation on the IOC," Porter said.

 The IOC has 113 members. It is adding members as part of reforms instituted after the bribery scandal involving Salt Lake City's bid for the 2002 Winter Games.

 News of Hybl's nomination came a day after former USOC doping chief Wade Exum filed a federal lawsuit in Denver accusing the committee of sabotaging his fight against athletes' drug use and of racial discrimination. USOC officials declined comment on the lawsuit, but said previous allegations by Exum have not been substantiated.

 Porter on Tuesday came out in support of Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who is pressing the Justice Department to finish its investigation of the bribery scandal.

 Hatch, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Monday he doubted the investigation was uncovering any serious criminal wrongdoing, and said he was concerned the Utah games could be tarnished by a criminal trial.

 "Our influence in world sport and especially the Olympic movement is at its lowest ebb," Porter wrote in a letter to Hatch. "We need to gain back those positions of leadership and influence and it won't be easy unless the government, especially the Justice Department, comes to their senses and stops this vendetta against persons who were doing what most in business, government and politics do daily -- find ways of winning."

 The United States has three members on the IOC -- vice president Anita DeFrantz, James Easton and Bob Ctvrtlik, a former volleyball player.

 Easton, president of the International Archery Federation, and Porter are the only two Americans to head an Olympic sports federation.
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