The USA Sports Council Newsletter 12

March 15, 2018
Newsletter 12


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. It's been a whirlwind last few weeks of winter. Here's a roundup of some of the biggest stories in the world of sports, governing bodies, investigations and the Olympic movement.

This Week...

- CU Releases NGB Evaluation
- Blackmun Out at the USOC
- IAAF Challenges RUS
- Congress Expands SafeSport Probe
- 25 Gender Equality Recommendations

and more.



CU Sports Governance Center Releases NGB Evaluation.

The detailed evaluation consists of 36 indicators, across 4 dimensions and represent rankings for 22 of the 47 U.S. summer and winter Olympic federations. According to CU's Sports Governance Center, "This project is a high-level evaluation of NGB governance based on publicly available information for use by athletes, the media, the general public, sports organizations (including the NGBs and USOC) and others interested in an entry point to better understanding governance of US Olympic sports bodies."



USOC Chief Blackmun Resigns.

News broke on Thursday, March 1st, that Scott Blackmun, Executive Chief of the United States Olympic Committee was resigning from his position. Speculation on his decision touched on Blackmun's recent health problems and focused on his role in a botched reaction to the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal that affected over 150 athletes who were victimized over several years, including members of USA Gymnastics and gold-medal winning members of Team USA. 


IAAF Plays Hardball With Russia

The IAAF Council "has agreed that if progress is not made, further measures should be discussed at the July Council meeting as a means of prompting greater efforts in Russia, including withdrawing permission for Russian athletes to compete as neutral athletes, and ultimately taking the steps necessary to recommend" that RusAF be expelled from IAAF membership.


Congress Expands SafeSport Probe.

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has sent requests for info to the USOC and 48 NGBs, expanding Congressional investigations into the sexual abuse of athletes in organized sports. This is in addition to a request sent last month by another committee in the Senate.


IOC Gender Equality Review Contains 25 Recommendations. 

The IOC has presented the Gender Equality Review Project, a joint initiative of the IOC Women in Sport and Athletes' Commissions. The document presents 25 IOC Gender Equality Recommendations on topics and subjects including: Competition Formats and Technical, Safeguarding athletes from harassment and abuse in sport, Balanced media portrayal of both genders, Equal Payments, NOC and IF Electoral Processes and others.



3,149 Tests Conducted as Part of Pyeonchang Anti-Doping Effort.

"The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), in collaboration with the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee (POCOG), oversaw the doping controls and results management during the Olympic Winter Games, on behalf of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), to ensure an independent overview of the anti-doping programme.

In total, 3,149 anti-doping tests were conducted during PyeongChang 2018, making it the most robust anti-doping programme in the history of the Olympic Winter Games. Of these tests, 1,393 were in competition, and 1,756 were out of competition." - via Around the Rings




- USASC Position on Prevention and Reporting.

Cheerleading makes a splash at Pyeongchang as ambassadors to the sport.

IMMAF files lawsuit against WADA. 

- Video Highlights from the 2018 USA Parkour Cup.  

- USA Netball Association announces new VP of Technical Operations

- US Twirling Association reveals 2018 World Baton Championships Teaser.

- The Spring Edition of "U.S. Ju-Jitsu Journal" is out. 

-  WSF holds Executive Board meeting. 

- USBF announces details for 2018 U.S. Bocce Championships.   

USPMGA offers recommendations for US Open 2018 attendees. 

- USASC grants USPSF provisional recognition

- IPF and FIG sign Memorandum of Understanding.

- USASC Observes International Women's Day

- Women Skateboarders are changing the sport

Naomi Watts teaches Jimmy Kimmel about the sport of netball. 

- Baton Twirling is a "pretty badass sport".

- Olympic Channel video features USA Cheer team. 

U.S. Women's Hockey Team inspires next generation of athletes. 

- US Tennis Association to honor Althea Gibson with statue. 

- Icarus Wins Best Documentary at 2018 Academy Awards.  

- OAR who wore "I don't do doping" shirt caught doping in Pyeongchang. 




"WSF celebrates international women's day and we hope with our support of women's Sk8 in the Olympics that others will embrace and help cultivate more women's programs in skateboarding. It's about time skateboarding moves forward on this subject" -@WSk8Federation

"Hey Frances let's go snowboarding sometime!" - Olympic snowboarder @chloekimsnowafter actor Frances McDormand gave her a shout out during the Academy Awards. 

"I was recently asked in an interview what its like to be a gay athlete in sports. I said that it’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Lots of hard work but usually done with better eye brows." - Team USA Skater, @Adaripp

"Not too many NBA players can say they’ve won a NBA title and an Oscar. Congrats@kobebryant." - @jamellehill

"Make no mistake about it fool! I’ll be watching, cheering, hollering, supporting, and showing much love for the Paralympics and I hope you will join me! #Paralympics#IPityTheFoolwhodontwatchtheParalympics" - @MrT 



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