As a big fan of the Olympics, I have to say this reads like an unnecessary political drama. The side agreements, and the AUS Olympic Committee speaking out in advance of the meeting between the two leaders being orchestrated, etc. all seems fanciful. This seemed like an overly apparent decision that had to be made, yet due to the egos of two men it had to play out in a soap opera-like fashion. I understand there are big $$$ behind every Olympics, but come on - athlete and fan health and wellness should have made this an easy decision for the IOC.