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FORMER USOC PRESIDENT BILL HYBL FACES QUESTIONS OF CONFLICT
Published November 17, 1995
One year before it elects new officers, the USOC faces conflict of interest questions about the process and the leading candidate, according to USA TODAY. Bill Hybl, interim USOC president from '91-92, is the favorite for a four-year term as USOC president. However there are questions over the fact his El Pomar Foundation, which recently gave $100,000 in grants to USA Basketball and offered five years' free office space to the International Softball Federation. Officials from both federations are on the USOC nominating committee. Hybl says El Pomar has given more than $9M to Olympic causes and he had no intention to influence votes. The nominating committee presents the final slate by late June (Allen & Dodd, USA TODAY, 11/16). Christine Brennan reports in today's WASHINGTON POST that Hybl has pulled El Pomar's bid to the Softball Federation and said he would follow any recommendations by the USOC's ethics oversight committee. The ethics committee has made no formal accusation and Hybl says since he decided to run for USOC President in February, El Pomar has made no grants to national governing bodies (WASHINGTON POST, 11/17). Hybl: "It's important to remember in these grants the organizations came to us. We don't go to them" (Colorado Springs GAZETTE-TELEGRAPH, 11/17).