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U.S. NGB Heads Call For Resignations Of USOC's Probst, Streeter
Published October 8, 2009
|Probst's Lack Of Experience
In Sports Cited By Gilbert
CHANGE WILL DO YOU GOOD? Gilbert said that the USOC "could ask Congress to intervene" because the organization "operates under congressional mandate as the U.S. national organizing committee for the Olympic movement." He added that the NGBs have been "concerned with the USOC's direction for several months but remained silent during Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympics" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/8). However, USA Team Handball Chair Dieter Esch "offered a dissent" to the call for Probst and Streeter to resign immediately. Esch: "There is too much at stake to just call for resignations" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/8). USOC spokesperson Lindsay Hogan said that the organization's board is "scheduled to meet later this week and would have a response at that time." In DC, Amy Shipley notes NBC Sports & Olympics Chair Dick Ebersol "made the first public call for a leadership change hours after Chicago became the second straight U.S. city to finish fourth in the international race for a Summer Games." Ebersol has said that the USOC's "failure to connect with the international sports community and the perceived arrogance of its leadership doomed Chicago's bid" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/8). SI.com's Brian Cazeneuve wrote Streeter's resignation is "really just step one" for the USOC. For a country that "often wins and always contends for the top of the medal count at each Olympics, the United States has relatively little administrative clout beyond the dollars that television and sponsorship money can generate" (SI.com, 10/7).
Dick Ebersol Believes Streeter
Should Leave USOC Quickly
WHERE DID WE GO WRONG? In Chicago, Philip Hersh writes the issue surrounding last Friday's IOC vote "no longer is whether Chicago could have beaten Rio if both had been in the final round," but rather how Chicago "got far fewer votes than anticipated." Some Chicago 2016 officials before the vote believed that the bid had "up to 33 votes in the first round," but Chicago instead pulled in only 18. Chicago 2016 Chair Pat Ryan: "I don't think it was miscounting. I think people changed their mind once they got in the closed session." Former TOROC COO Luciano Barra, who lobbied on behalf of Chicago 2016, said that members who shifted their votes to Tokyo "may have included Arab members from countries belonging to the Asian Olympic group who wanted to show regional solidarity." Barra also suggested that some IOC members "might have rejected Chicago out of petulance over security inconveniences caused by the presence" of President Obama and his wife, Michelle. Taiwan IOC member C.K. Wu said, "The IOC should in the future really study the (voting process)" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 10/8). The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Matthew Futterman notes Chicago's fourth-place finish "may have marked the nadir of the USOC's power." IOC members had "long ago grown resentful of USOC leadership, believing that it didn't respect the IOC's leadership and did little to engage them in talks over revenue issues." Olympic consultant Chris Welton, who formerly worked with the IOC, said, "There was 25 years of animosity that was built up in that vote" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 10/8).