It seems that the possible crisis over Italy's tough doping laws may be averted, in time for the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Valentino Castellani, chief of the Turin organising committee, said that he believed a tentative accord had been reached.
"I don't know the details, it's not my business."
The Italian law states that athletes can face criminal sanctions for doping violations.
Quite rightly so!
However, this was too much to stomach for the IOC, who are aware that more than a few athletes take drugs to enhance their performance. They were well aware that this law would mean the unedifying spectacle of police raids in the Olympic Village during the games, February 10-26.
Which of course is very bad for their sponsorship deals!
The International Olympic Committee rules state that athletes face disqualification for any doping offense, but no legal penalties.
Athletes, apparently, are above the law.
Government supervisor Mario Pescante said that he would meet with IOC president, Jacques Rogge, at a European Olympic meeting in Dublin this weekend.
"I will speak with him about doping. We are optimistic."
Pescante had tried to temporarily suspend Italy's laws for the Olympics. However, the Senate rounded on him; quite right!
Rogge said that he expects "intelligent solutions" will be found within "full respect" of the law.
Why should athletes be treated differently to everyone else?
Oh, silly me, it's the money!