SPORT INDEX


SEARCH 2000 Games


Wednesday, July 19, 2000
Covers fall off the showpiece Olympic cauldron

 SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Plans to keep the Olympic cauldron under wraps until the Sept. 15 opening ceremony of the Summer Games were ruined Wednesday when images of the towering structure were flashed on Australian TV after construction workers accidentally unveiled it to media.

 Workers were reportedly conducting tests on the structure that will support the Olympic flame during the Sydney games, unaware that a news conference for the National Rugby League football competition was taking place inside Stadium Australia.

 The structure was covered again but not before TV crews and photographers had about five minutes to shoot pictures and video footage.

 The design of the cauldron is usually kept secret until the opening ceremony.

 Sydney 2000 Olympics organizers played down the embarrassing gaffe, releasing a statement which said the structure was a mast that "is part of a very complex multi-dimension construction to support the Olympic flame when it has been lit."

 "It is not the cauldron," organizers said. Sydney organizers have not revealed who will light the Olympic flame or how it will be ignited.
 Sport by Sport
PARALYMPICS
Purdy's golden moment
WRESTLING
IOC strips gold medal
TENNIS
Nestor's golden win hits home
BOXING
Harrison starts in Britain
WEIGHTLIFTING
Bulgarian coach resigns
TRACK & FIELD
Student suspended for e-mail threats
CANOE/KAYAK
Bridesmaid Brunet
PENTATHLON
Brit wins women's modern pentathlon
TRIATHLON
Simon's our man
BASKETBALL
Dream Team hangs on for another gold
WATER POLO
Hungary destroys Russia in title game
GYMNASTICS
Barsukova wins rhythmic gold in an upset
EQUESTRIAN
Wind dashes Millar's medal hopes
VOLLEYBALL
Yugoslavia beats Russia for gold
DIVING
Despatie arrives early
FIELD HOCKEY
Netherlands retains Olympic title
TAEKWONDO
Bosshart wins bronze in taekwondo
SYNCHRO
Ironic performance wins bronze
SAILING
Clarke retires after finishing 17th