Jan 24, 2017
Welcome Back To Our USASC Newsletter.
Highlighting important and relevant information on sports and the Olympic movement from WADA to the latest in emerging sports federations and sports culture. This time we're looking at a roundup of news from the beginning of 2018.
- USASC Statement on Combatting Athlete Abuse
- USA Sports Council Elections
- European Commission Ruling on ISU
- George Killian Passes Away
- North and South Korea Breakthrough
- Larry Nassar Sentenced
- WADA's 2018 List of Prohibited Substances
The USA Sports Council Statement on Responsibility
to Actively Combat Abuse of Athletes.
The USA Sports Council has requested that all its members discuss the different activities and regulations in place to address issues of abuse of athletes, at all levels including minors, juniors and seniors.
The USASC membership believes in proactive approaches to combat any type of activity that harms, or puts in the way of harm, an athlete in any way, physical and psychological, and the organization, along with its members, is actively working on these matters. The USA Sports Council is currently reviewing successful strategies with a view to formulating a cutting edge, successful and enforceable policy.
"We do not believe the correct way is to wait to hear or learn, but in educating and establishing firm directives and protocols to follow for reporting any activity that raises the most basic suspicion." USA Sports Council President and CEO Alfredo La Mont stated on Monday.
Administrators, coaches, medical staff, trainers, judges, entourage at all levels have the responsibility, moral, ethical, and legal, to do everything in their power to remain vigilant at all times.
FULL PRESS RELEASE
USA Sports Council Elections, New Member Sport Welcomed.
The USA Sports Council held its annual General Assembly by conference call on December 18, 2017 and held elections for various positions throughout the organization which included re-election of Alfredo La Mont as President/CEO, Frank Babcock of the United States Mixed Martial Arts Federation as Vice President, Danny Passaglia of the United States Bocce Federation as Vice President, Sandi Wiemers of the United States Twirling Association as Treasurer, and Carole Hokrein of the United States Netball Association as Secretary-General.
The sports nonprofit also received and approved an application for membership by the United States Ju-Jitsu Federation, under the direction of Bruce Bethers. Ju-Jitsu joins aikido, cheerleading, netball, bocce, MMA, sambo, twirling, skateboarding, parkour and pro minigolf as a USASC member sport.
George Killian Remembered for a Career as Global Sports Leader.
It is with great sadness that we learned that Ex-IOC Member and FISU Chief George Killian passed away recently. From Around the Rings: “George Killian dedicated the better part of his adult life to the Olympic Movement and the ideals it seeks to advance. We’re grateful for the legacy of service that he leaves behind and mindful or our role in continuing his work on behalf of athletes everywhere,” says USOC CEO Scott Blackmun."
Landmark European Commission Ruling on ISU.
"The ruling is considered the most significant legal case in European sport since the 1995 ruling in favour of Belgian footballer Jean-Marc Bosman which secured free movement of players within the EU." via Inside The Games
Athletes Bravely Confront Nassar During Sentencing Hearing.
Before Judge Janet T. Neff sentenced Former US Olympic and USA Gymnastics women's national team physician Dr. Larry Nassar to prison in a wide-reaching child pornography and sexual abuse case, over 100 victims spoke out during his sentencing. Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison.
N. Korea to Send Delegation to S. Korea in Breakthrough.
"Two Koreas propose marching as one at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, as well as combining for a joint women’s hockey team. However, all decisions taken related directly to the Olympics must be confirmed by the IOC." via Around the Rings.
New Year, New Rules: WADA's List of Prohibited Substances.
"For a substance or method to be added to the List, it must be determined that it meets two of the following three criteria: 1. it has the potential to enhance or enhances sport performance; 2. it represents an actual or potential health risk to the athletes; or, 3. it violates the spirit of sport."
IN OTHER NEWS...
- USA Sports Council Celebrates MLK Jr.'s Legacy.
- Delegate passes available now for SportAccord Convention in Bangkok.
- Schedule and Details for the 2018 USA Parkour Cup on Jan. 27-28, 2018.
- Details and rules for 2018 ICU World Cheerleading Championships, April 25-27.
- All-new "Catch It!" Newsletter from the US Twirling Association.
- UMMAF 2018 Nationals to be held Feb. 1-3, 2018.
- Registration open for USA Ju-Jitsu Spring Camp, sanctioned by USJJF.
- Rules and regulations for Junior Florida Netball Classic, March 31-April 1.
- WSF Schedules 1st Oversight Committee for 1/26/18.
- Learn the Rules of Bocce.
- USPMGA announces Team USA to compete at WAGM in Czech Republic.
- A Story of Hope and Sport on the Reservation.
- "On the Ice - Off the Streets", RIP Al Dorrington.
- Olympian Simone Biles shares her #MeToo story.
- Cycling and anti-doping documentary "Icarus" nominated for Academy Award.
- Facebook "likes" E-Sports.
- Unexpected Beauty, Unplanned Synchronicity in Basketball.
- Russian Doping Whistleblower Rodchenkov will testify.
OVERHEARD ON SOCIAL MEDIA...
"I support you @MagsGotSwag12 proud of you for sharing your story. I stand with you. I know this is not easy but I know you are incredibly strong. We will get through this together!" - Olympic Gymnast @Aly_Raisman to fellow teammate Maggie Nichols on speaking out against sexual abuse.
"Feelings...#MeToo" - Olympian @Simone_Biles adds her voice to the conversation.
"The power of #sport bringing nations together. @Olympics @pyeongchang2018 and#WinterInternationalFederations at the core of this achievement, for the good of all athletes." - GAISF_President Patrick Baumann on news that N. Korea will send delegation to S. Korea Winter Games.
"When Jordan Greenway (@JGreenway12) takes the ice next month in South Korea, he will be the first African American to represent Team USA in hockey at the Winter Olympics, breaking a 98-year old color barrier." - ESPN Editor @InstantRHIplay
"What?? This is beyond the realm of imagination. It means so much that the@TheAcademy deemed #DearBasketball worthy of contention. Thanks to the genius of@GlenKeanePrd & John Williams for taking my poem to this level. It's an honor to be on this team. #OscarNoms" - @kobebryant on Oscar nomination.
"It's the first Olympic year in which figure skaters can use music w/ lyrics in their programs. A man at the US Trials just skated to Lil Jon" - reporter @germanotes referring to Jimmy Ma during US Trials.
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