Selection of the host city for the 1998 Winter Olympics and South Africa's bid for reinstatement will be the major topics this week at the International Olympic Committee meetings in Birmingham, England. The policy-making Executive Board of the IOC begins two days of closed-door talks today, and the full IOC opens its 97th session Wednesday after a ceremony led by Queen Elizabeth II.
The centerpiece of the gathering will be Saturday's vote on the 1998 Games. Five cities are in the running: Salt Lake City, Utah; Nagano, Japan; Ostersund, Sweden; Aosta, Italy, and Jaca, Spain.
Ivan Lendl rallied to beat Pat Cash, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4), and retain the title in the Beckenham, England, grass-court tournament. Lendl, the No. 1 seed, needed nearly 3 1/2 hours to outlast Cash and boost his confidence only two weeks before the start of Wimbledon.
Scott Keswick, a UCLA junior, won on the still rings, vault and parallel bars to become the only triple winner in the finals of the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Cincinnati. Keswick missed a fourth title when he lost his grip on a blind move on the horizontal bar and fell to the mat.