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  • U.S. OLYMPIC CONGRESS OPEN NASHVILLE MEETING TODAY

         More than 900 representatives of sports organizations are
    expected to attend the '94 U.S. Olympic Congress opening in
    Nashville today.  The Congress focuses on the Olympic movement
    and the needs of USOC member organizations.  ACOG CEO Billy Payne
    is to give a progress report on preparations for '96.  The 3-day
    convention includes workshops on sports marketing, sports
    commissions, sponsorships and sports facility and equipment
    partnerships..  About 120 exhibitors representing convention
    centers, sporting goods companies and other retail outlets also
    are present (Athelia Knight, WASHINGTON POST, 11/10).  Yesterday,
    the Congress staged a "day-long give-and-take on organizing youth
    sports."  It was intended to "encourage grass-roots activists to
    do more with less," because money is scarce for young athletes
    (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/10).  Also on the agenda is a first
    look at proposals to revise the code of conduct athletes must
    follow to call themselves Olympians (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/10).
    

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  • USA TODAY LOOKS AT MINORITY REPRESENTATION IN THE USOC

         "Breaking into the boardrooms and policy-making committees
    of the U.S. Olympic movement is proving harder for women and
    minorities than winning medals."  A USA TODAY survey shows
    "significantly less representation on boards of directors than on
    national teams."  Women make up 42% of the athletes on teams from
    39 sports federations in the Olympic program but just 26% of the
    board members.  Ethnic minorities comprise 16% of the teams and
    "only" 10% of the boards.  USOC President LeRoy Walker is
    appointing task forces to "develop solutions."  As a whole, the
    U.S. Olympic movement's boardrooms are "nearly 40% less diverse
    than its playing fields."  The USA TODAY survey shows the
    national governing boards for track, boxing, tae kwon do and judo
    are doing the best job of placing minorities on their boards
    (Mike Dodd, USA TODAY, 11/10).
    

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