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USA TODAY LOOKS AT MINORITY REPRESENTATION IN THE USOC
Published November 10, 1994
"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).