David Askinas Out As CEO Of USA Taekwondo After More Than Five Years
David Askinas is out as CEO of USA Taekwondo, "done in by financial problems and organizational chaos" the NGB has incurred, according to Brian Gomez of the Colorado Springs GAZETTE. USA Taekwondo said that Askinas "will act as a consultant" to the organization through next summer's London Games, and did not name a replacement for the CEO role. The NGB "didn't specify whether Askinas resigned or was fired." Gomez notes the change in leadership comes after "recent allegations of improper treatment toward a 2008 Olympian." Taekwondo referee Bernard Robinson in a grievance filed earlier this month "cited a sworn statement submitted to the USOC by a female taekwondo competitor that details 'inappropriate conduct' by Askinas." Furthermore, "none of the 16 Americans won medals at the world championships in May, and all four Americans faltered last month at the preliminary Olympic qualifier" (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 8/18).