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2 Americans may get IOC call

USOC president, chief of softball group nominated

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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 International Olympic Committee.

Bill Hybl, 58, whose term as head of the Colorado Springs-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 to 20 members at meetings scheduled for early September in Sydney, Australia.

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.

The United States has three members on the IOC — Vice President Anita DeFrantz, James Easton and Bob Ctvrtlik, a former volleyball player.

In other Olympic news:

After a brief absence, David Tubbs, former special agent in charge of the FBI's Salt Lake office, is again involved in security preparations for the 2002 Winter Games.

Tubbs helped prepare security plans until retiring from the FBI in December, after which he became a regional manager for Guardsmark Security, a private security firm.

He began work Tuesday overseeing day-to-day operations of the Utah Olympic Public Safety Command.

The command's coalition of two dozen local, state and federal public-safety agencies still will be supervised by state Public Safety Commissioner Craig Dearden.

Dearden projects a budget of roughly $26 million for public safety outside Olympic venues. The Salt Lake Organizing Committee will handle security inside the venues.

SLOC is contributing about $15 million to the command's budget.

ATHENS, Greece — The committee organizing the Athens 2004 Olympics introduced the event's international sponsors Tuesday, while the IOC dispelled reports the companies were concerned about security at the Games.

International Olympic Committee marketing director Michael Payne sought to quash reports that some sponsors were reconsidering their involvement in the Games following the killing of a British diplomat in Athens by a terrorist group last month.

The sponsors' signing has been seen as a sign of restored confidence in the Games following the bribery scandal over Salt Lake City's bid for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

"At times, it was uncertain whether the Olympic movement would even survive. The crisis surrounding Salt Lake City brought the movement to its knees," Payne said.

Top international sponsors for the 2004 Games are Coca-Cola, Eastman Kodak, John Hancock Financial Services Inc., McDonalds, Panasonic, Samsung, Sema Group, UPS, Xerox Corp. and Visa. The amounts involved in the deals were not disclosed.