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Volume 25 No. 151
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USOC Asks NGBs To Choose Board Members From Approved List

The USOC, under "mounting legal challenges and Congressional and public pressure to enact reforms in the wake of the Larry Nassar and USA Swimming sex abuse scandals," is directing NGBs to "select their board members from lists of candidates cleared by the USOC," according to Scott Reid of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. USOC Chief of Sports Operations & Paralympics Rick Adams said that USA Gymnastics and other NGBs have recently "added members to their boards of directors from a USOC approved list." While former and current athletes and Safe Sport advocates said that they are "open to discussing the USOC’s reforms, welcoming several of them, they also point out the USOC’s own tainted record in dealing with sexual abuse and question its motives especially in regards to the board selection requirements." In reshaping the NGB boards, the USOC is "not only trying to address issues raised by the sex abuse scandals but calls from current and former athletes and Capitol Hill for greater diversity in positions of power within the American Olympic movement." The USOC has put together a list of "around 100 potential candidates for NGBs to consider." Adams said, "The goal ... is to make sure that across 50 National Governing Bodies, we get both an understanding of what the current landscape is, and then more importantly, how do we help boards see this, not as a threat, but as an opportunity." Reid notes the USOC reduced its BOD from 120 to 11 in '03 and "expanded its board to 15 members" in '10. Some critics "question whether the USOC’s board requirements are creating a one-size-fits-all plan that might not work in all sports" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 12/7).