The USA Sports Council Newsletter 02

June 23, 2017
Newsletter 02

Welcome Back To Our USASC Newsletter.

Highlighting important and relevant information on the Olympics and sports movement from WADA to the latest in emerging sports federations and sports culture. This time we're looking at the passing of good friends, the future of sport, and WADA's newest plus a roundup of some of the latest sports news from the month of June. 

This week...

- In Memoriam.
- Sport 2.0
- Parkour Survey
- Olympic City, USA
- The Mistaken Referee

and more.


The USA Sports Council wishes everyone a Happy Olympic Day. 

June has brought many exciting changes, some uncertainty and unfortunately, it has also brought the passing of two giants of the sport world. We remember them fondly. 

In memory: Hector Cardona


A good friend for over 40 years since the days when he was with the PUR Boxing federation, and as Secretary General of the NOC working with German Rieckehoff. Hector passed away at home surrounded by his family and with the thoughts of his friends. 

- The USA Sports Council President/CEO, Alfredo La Mont


In Memoriam: Hein Verbruggen

Former International Cycling Union President Hein Verbruggen passed away last week. 




WADA Suspends UCLA Laboratory Accreditation...
"The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has partially suspended its accreditation of the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory (UCLA Laboratory) as it relates to analysis of specific prohibited substances, effective 14 June 2017 for a period of three months. The suspension of these analyses by the UCLA Laboratory -- which is located in Los Angeles, California, United States -- is a result of WADA’s quality assessment procedures that identified non-conformities with best practice."


Sport 2.0
"Last week the head of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, announced that freestyle BMX and three-on-three basketball would be introduced as events in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, joining karate, surfing, climbing, skateboarding and baseball/softball. The reason was obvious, although Bach didn’t quite put it in these terms: the Games needed to be funked up for a younger generation." via the Guardian. 



Parkour to Gymnastics: Thanks, But No Thanks
A recent poll by Inside the Games showed that a majority want Gymnastics (FIG) to stay out of Parkour. 



Being Olympic City USA:
After June 9th Groundbreaking Ceremony, "A chance for Colorado Springs to prove its stature as Olympic City USA." via the CS Independent.


Title IX turns 45.
"As Title IX celebrates its 45th anniversary, one impact of the law is clear: Millions more girls now grow up playing sports, a reality that seemed impossible in the early 20th century." via USA TODAY. 



The Loneliness of the Mistaken Referee...

"While it’s mostly thankless, from a fan-appreciation standpoint, to be a referee, it is especially lonely for the referee who has made a mistake. The operating assumption of sports has it that refs are never allowed to be wrong—a standard to which we rarely hold the players, and one to which we certainly never hold ourselves." via The New Yorker. 




Anita DeFrantz and Joan Benoit Samuelson honored at the Los Angeles Coliseum. 

- Campaign for IPC Presidency Begins

- Cool Runnings: Anyone can try to make the Olympic Bobsled Team.

- McDonald's and IOC are Parting Ways. 

- U.S. Senator Chris Murphy wrote about sports and culture in the United States ahead of the Congressional Baseball Game. 

- Andy Murray will donate his winnings from Queen's Club Championships to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. 

- CAS asked to mediate SUP dispute between ICF and ISA. 

Trump meets with Bach to discuss #LA2024 Bid. 

- In a merger of sports and technology, Intel and IOC Partner Up

- Record number of events held in USA on #OlympicDay. 

Overheard On Social Media:

"She told me to not fear challenges and obstacles I would encounter. Anita DeFrantz is my hero" - Michelle, of #LA84 grantee, RowLA - @LA84Foundation

"Title IX has meant a lot to the game, the sport, & my family as well." - @Candace_Parker 

"#OlympicDay has me in my feels" - @Simone_Biles

"one of the more unfortunate acronyms in Sport..." - @pbarkersport on the WTF dropping the F.



More on the Tokyo2020 Events, the likelihood of #LA2024, SportAccord, Emerging Sports, and more.

Have a Happy 4th of July!