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ATLANTA CONSTITUTION EXAMINES EFFECTIVENESS OF USOC

     The USOC "has not fulfilled its mandate," according to a
study by the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION.  The report reveals
inadequacies on the part of the U.S. Olympic governing body to
satisfy its responsibility to advance Olympic athletes and
amateur sports.  Joe Drape writes, "It doesn't promote Olympic
sports for the nation's youth.  It wastes resources, and it has
left Olympic teams divided by race and class."  Since '89, monies
allocated toward grass-root programs have totaled "barely" $1M.
The study suggests if present trends continue, including a
disparity of resources for athletes and collegiate cutbacks on
Olympic sports, recent international failures of U.S. Olympic
teams will continue (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/1).
     USOC ROLE?  Former U.S. Rep. Tom McMillen, co-Chair of the
President's Council on Physical Fitness, suggests that a closer
look at the USOC, including a GAO audit, may be in order.
McMillen:  "What we need is sports as a way to teach young people
about values and goal-setting and being healthier.  It's not
about a bunch of us filling up stadiums to watch a few athletes
while sponsors and broadcasters can make money" (ATLANTA
CONSTITUTION, 10/1).
     QUICK RESPONSE:  Drape reports this morning that USOC Exec
Dir Dick Schultz said the USOC will make as much as $10M
available to the NCAA to help schools save some Olympic programs
and establish others (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/3).
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