Congressional Proposal For USOC Overhaul

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*** Congresswoman says USOC 'has failed,' proposes bill that could initiate an overhaul :
Outraged by the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal and the financial struggles endured by many of America’s Olympic athletes, a congresswoman from Colorado announced Monday she is proposing legislation that could lead to a fundamental overhaul of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the other organizations that oversee Olympic sports in the United States.

“Our own U.S. Olympic Committee has failed. . . . No number of gold medals are worth putting the health and safety of our athletes at risk,” U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D) said at a news conference Monday outside her office in Denver. “We want to make sure that it’s doing the job it was created to do: to empower and serve our nation’s top athletes.”

Entitled the Strengthening U.S. Olympics Act, the bill would create a commission to study the structure of the USOC and individual sport national governing bodies, commonly referred to as NGBs — organizations such as USA Swimming, USA Gymnastics and USA Track and Field. It mirrors a bill proposed in January by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who was also at Monday’s news conference.

Sally Jenkins also wrote a commentary about USOC reform --
*** Larry Nassar is in jail, but only one USOC official was fired? Yes, we need reform :
Maybe the most important part of the proposed legislation would be the makeup of the commission: DeGette and Gardner want it stocked with a minimum of eight Olympic athletes. Under the bill, the top Democratic and Republican lawmakers in both the House and Senate would also each appoint four members.

No masters of the universe, or corporate honchos, or “branding” experts, flourishing the crests on their blazers and their VIP tickets while they pick the shrimp from the ice sculpture at the IOC buffet. There have been far too many of those within the USOC’s grossly overpaid and overperked ranks.

It’s time for fresh eyes.

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