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OLYMPIC REPORT / 28 DAYS TO THE GAMES

Associated Press

Several thousand more tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer Games, at $636 each, will go on sale today by telephone and through the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games Internet site.

There is a limit of two tickets per customer, and a Visa card is the only form of payment accepted.

The events, previously listed as sellouts, opened up after ACOG finalized its seating configuration for the Olympic Stadium. Seats that officials initially believed would be blocked by television cameras and other equipment actually had a clear view.

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U.S. Olympic boxer and prison guard Lawrence Clay-Bey was arrested 16 months ago on a sexual assault charge and is enrolled in a court-supervised rehabilitation program in Hartford, Conn.

The criminal case is not expected to affect his eligibility to compete at the Olympics next month in Atlanta.

Clay Bey, 30, a Hartford native, was originally charged with first-degree sexual assault with a weapon--a vase--when he was arrested Feb. 1, 1995. The woman he is accused of assaulting agreed to the reduction of the criminal charge to third-degree sexual assault and his enrollment in the program.

The charge, a Class D felony, is pending until May 1997, when Clay-Bey is next scheduled to appear in court. If he has no further criminal involvement, the charge and all record of the assault will be erased.

Though Olympics officials could consider the complaint under limited circumstances, the general rule is that a competitor’s past does not affect his eligibility. The complaint predates Clay-Bey’s signing of the U.S. Olympic code of conduct oath, which applies to an athlete’s conduct only after the date it is signed. He signed the oath when he qualified for the team in April.

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Unlike Clay-Bey, boxer David Reid faces a possibility of not being able to compete in the Games after his arrest Wednesday on charges of battery and domestic violence at an Orlando-area motel where the boxing team is being quartered.

Reid, a competitor in the 156-pound division, apparently was involved in an incident with his girlfriend. He was released after posting $350 bail.

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A disciplinary hearing is set for today to decide if Reid will be able to fight in the Olympics. A group of USA Boxing coaches, officials and select athletes will be included in the meeting in Orlando.


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