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    Roger Clemens has won the Cy Young Award for his pitching eight times. (Getty Images)  
    Roger Clemens in Beijing?

    One of the greatest pitchers of all time is considering joining Team USA baseball in Beijing.

    Roger Clemens is interested in the 2008 Olympics, his agent says, and would be eligible to join as a retiree from the professional leagues.

    "I think, if things fell into place and he felt good, he would be interested," says Clemens' agent Randy Hendricks.

    "He loves the idea of representing his country," Hendricks continued, in an email sent to

    The 45-year-old Clemens is an icon of the sport, with 354 victories. He ended the 2007 season with leg and elbow injuries.

    The Beijing Games are the last foreseeable chance for Clemens to join the Olympics – the sport is off the roster for 2012, though the International Baseball Federation is trying to get it reinstated.

    International rules prevent Major League players from joining the Olympics; if he retires, he would be eligible for Beijing.

    IOC, ODEPA Funds for Mexico Flood

    The IOC and the Pan American Sports Organization will donate $100,000 for flood relief in the state of Tabasco, Mexico.

    The announcement came from ODEPA headquarters in Mexico City on Nov. 7.

    ODEPA and the IOC will each donate $50,000 to flood relief in Tabasco, Mexico. (Getty Images)  
    "With this modest and symbolic contribution, the Olympic movement reaffirms its commitment and moral support to those affected by this natural disaster," reads a joint IOC-ODEPA communiqué on the announcement.

    Flooding in the last two weeks has devastated agriculture and left as many as 500,000 people homeless in the Gulf coast state.

    Yale Business School Creates Beijing Program

    Four hundred business leaders will go to the Beijing Games as part of an executive education program arranged in conjunction with the Yale School of Management, Jet Set Sports and John S. Needham of Needham partners.

    The five-day Yale Global Business Leadership Program at the Olympic Games offers lectures from Chinese and U.S. academics and CEOs of top companies – as well as networking opportunities. A $27,000 price tag includes tickets to Olympic events, U.S. media report.

    Among the confirmed participants are outgoing WADA president Dick Pound and USOC chairman Peter Ueberroth.

    The program's website carries the 2008 Beijing logo for an Official Hospitality Operator.

    Egypt, USA Sign Pentathlon Deal

    The Egyptian Federation for Modern Pentathlon and USA Pentathlon formalized their relationship by signing a formal International Cooperation Agreement in the U.S. on Nov 8.

    Egypt's Omnia Fakhry topped the fencing points at the 2006 Modern Pentathlon World Championships and took bronze overall. (Getty Images)  
    Seven athletes and three officials from Egypt are already near the end of a month-long training camp at the USOC campus in Colorado Springs.

    Egyptian pentathletes are traditionally strong in fencing and shooting and will be valuable training partners for the U.S. athletes, says USOC manager of high performance for modern pentathlon Scott Novack.

    "I believe this agreement will encourage other Arab Modern Pentathlon Federations to explore opportunities with the USOC for exchanges of experience," says the Egyptian federation president Ahmed Nasser.

    This is the first official international agreement for USA Pentathlon.

    New Constitution for British Virgin Islands NOC

    The IOC approved the new and expanded Constitution for the British Virgin Islands NOC. Among the changes to the last constitution are the addition of a second vice president, an athlete’s representative, a public relations officer and an immediate past president to the executive board.

    Additionally, the most recent version of the Constitution was not in harmony with current anti-doping regulations. BVI Olympic Committee president Rey O’Neal said the new constitution has “been long overdue” adding “some of the things [that] were not essential part of constitutions for National Olympic Committees even into the ‘90s, have now become very essential”.

    The constitution must now be approved the national federations and members of the BVIOC, which is expected to happen at the next general assembly meeting in December.

    Chess Congress

    The World Chess Federation, FIDE, will hold its 78th Congress November 10-17 in Antalya, Turkey. The congress will include commission meetings and awarding 2008 events. 

    Written by
    Maggie Lee

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