As so much has already been written about this, and will continue to be ahead of the Extraordinary IOC Session in Monte Carlo on December 8 and 9, I will focus on the subject tackled in those other two questions: the Board's decision to provisionally recognise Kosovo subject to rubber-stamping by the membership.
Unlike virtually every other issue tackled on these pages, I am far from neutral on the question of Kosovo.
When the news broke last Wednesday (October 22) I was sitting in a Starbucks café in Lausanne, finishing off work for the day and thinking dreamily about the prospect of dinner, when my emails clicked into life and, almost instantly, Skype started going into overdrive. "Hi Nick," my message-stream began. "Can you write this up at once? Then publish it yourself as soon as possible?"
I had never really made an article "live" myself before, so was particularly pleased a topic I felt so strongly about would be the first time, but this soon became easier said than done. First the wifi started fading, getting slower and slower, and then intermittently cutting out completely. Whenever it returned to life, I was greeted by the beep of more Skype messages:
But, eventually, the story was published and we began hunting for more information and reaction to the decision.
What made the announcement all the more exciting was that, from our perspective at least, it had come completely out of the blue.
Despite a barrage of articles this year, we had not really got the impression progress was being made because, and this is why I find it such a fascinating issue, so much is at stake. Kosovo's 22-year quest stretching back to when the Kosovo National Olympic Committee was founded in 1992, is a complex journey involving matters of history, politics, law and international relations, and maybe sport. (A more detailed examination can be found here.)
But put simply, there are two requirements a National Olympic Committee must meet to be recognised by the IOC. One relates to sport and technical matters, which Kosovo fulfil, while the other concerns the definition of "country" as defined in Rule 30.1 of the Olympic Charter: namely being to "an independent State recognised by the international community".
Kosovo is currently recognised by various international bodies and by 108 of the 193 United Nations (UN) member states, but is not a member of the UN itself. Until last week, the practical application of this "international recognition" had meant UN membership. Serbia, Russia and China were among international heavyweights staunchly opposed to Kosovo, while others were affected by independence campaigns in their own country, from Scotland to Catalonia.
In short, there was gridlock and, seemingly, too much at stake for the IOC to make a decision, particularly given the influence a certain Russian President has wielded in the sporting world in recent times...
So what changed?
Some have claimed Serbia and others have conceded ground in although to boost their long-term aim to become a member of the European Union. Others have claimed the timing of a visit by Vladimir Putin to Belgrade, a few days before the announcement, along with an unprecedented visit to Serbia by a Kosovan Foreign Minister last Friday (October 24), was too much of a coincidence, and that he had to be behind it in some way.
But, more significantly, as IOC President Thomas Bach said afterwards, I believe there was a realisation that the prospects of athletes should not be put on hold due to political feuds - the lesson of Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984 once again - and politicians respected the autonomy of the IOC to act, on this occasion at least.
Another fact, which should not be underplayed, is the role played by KOC head Besim Hasani. Ever since he assumed the Presidency in 1996, he has worked tirelessly towards the Olympic dream, spending his own money on a global campaign trail to meet with everyone who could possibly help him, and paying for others to visit his country so they could see for themselves the Kosovan passion for sport. If ever someone proved wrong the old Marxist mantra that all historical events are affected by structures rather than individuals, then it is him.
Even so - and presuming, as I'm sure they will, the membership will approve the ruling Board's decision - there are potential pitfalls ahead.
A majority of International Federations still do not recognise Kosovo and while most should now do so soon, it seems unlikely they will have been accepted by every sport by Rio 2016.
Among countries to not recognise Kosovo is Brazil, so will that be a problem come Rio? And, with the Serbian Olympic Committee having already protested the decision, what happens if athletes from the two countries are drawn together, or if a vital European qualifying event takes place in Serbia? These two issues are particularly important given the abandonment of the football international between Serbia and Albania, the largest ethnic group in Kosovo, after politically charged violence earlier this month.
Yet, in a way, all of this means the IOC should be applauded all the more for making the decision. The easy choice would have been to do nothing and sweep it under the carpet, but they did not do that and made the brave, but correct, choice. It fits with Bach's words during the Asian Games in Incheon last month about how the Olympic Movement should "realise our decisions have political implications", and seek to "set the international agenda rather than react to it".
With many nations not really opposed to Kosovan independence, but having not got around to formal recognition, it will be interesting to see whether other countries are now stirred into doing so as a consequence of the IOC's action.
But, as the IOC said, the key issue here should be sport. It will be great to see Kosovan athletes competing at Rio 2016, and in two-time reigning judo world champion, Majlinda Kelmendi, they have a genuine gold medal prospect.
As for me, I was just getting towards the end of my article when my favourite waitress appears again, to tell me they are closing so could I please get out of the café. With uncanny timing, my Skype goes off, the editor again, a man who knows more about internet in Lausanne then most. "They'll be chucking you out soon, Starbucks closes at 9pm," he says. "There's a bar across the road with an hour's free wifi, so go there."
Obedient as ever, I make the short journey, order "un bière s'il vous plaît" and plonk myself in front of the Real Madrid versus Liverpool match, still on a high from the news earlier on.
"It's not a bad job, really" I reflect to myself, as I take a first sip before writing the final few paragraphs...
Nick Butler is a reporter for insidethegames. To follow him on Twitter click here.