USA Badminton CEO Resigns Amid Dispute With BOD, USOC
USA Badminton CEO Jeff Dyrek has "resigned amid a dispute with the organization’s board of directors over financial transparency," and with the USOC "threatening to strip the group of its national governing body status," according to Scott Reid of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. Dyrek’s "surprise resignation came as the dispute between USA Badminton and the USOC over the future viability of the NGB was escalated Friday by the USA Badminton board chairman’s demand that the USOC fire three of its top officials." According to a letter, USA Badminton Chair Ben Lee "accused the USOC of a 'cover up' and supporting Dyrek’s refusal to comply with repeated requests to supply the board with receipts and other financial records." USA Badminton has until July 15 to "make a series of wide ranging reforms or the USOC will begin proceedings to strip USA Badminton of its NGB status." The USOC has sent similar letters to USA Boxing and USA Diving in the last 10 months. USA Boxing has "implemented a series of reforms," and USA Diving is in the "process of making the changes requested by the USOC." USA Badminton board members have "expressed concerns about the transparency of the organization’s finances under Dyrek since receiving an invoice on Feb. 22 from the USOC to recoup a $123,821 grant to hire a national team coach" in '18 (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 6/1).