IOC calls for Investigation into all Alberto Salazar’s Athletes

( “Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee president, says he has contacted the World Anti-Doping Agency asking it to investigate all athletes who trained with the banned coach Alberto Salazar.

Salazar, who coached Britain’s Mo Farah for six years, was this week found guilty of doping for “orchestrating and facilitating prohibited doping conduct” while at the Nike Oregon Project.

Speaking on Thursday at a news conference, Bach said the case was “very worrying and raises serious concerns” and that he would be asking Wada to take a closer look.

Seb Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federation warned that any athlete who tries to stay secretly with Salazar would face a two-year ban themselves.

On what he will be asking Wada, Bach said: “To see how many athletes have been investigated. Have all the athletes been investigated who have been training in this centre? Does the report address the whole period of the existence of this project or only part of it? Could any Olympic results directly or indirectly be affected?

“We learned from the report that the athletes would not have known what happened to them – this is an important factor when looking at sanctions but disqualification is mandatory whether the athlete knows or not.”

In a statement, Wada said it could not comment publicly until it had reviewed the case in full.”


Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

Congress to Introduce Empowering Olympic and Amateur Athletes Act of 2019

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Following an 18-month inquiry into the factors that enabled USA Gymnastics’ former team doctor to sexually abuse more than 300 athletes over a two-decade span, a congressional subcommittee Tuesday will introduce legislation designed to ensure the safety of Olympic and amateur athletes ­going forward.

In broad stokes, the Empowering Olympic and Amateur Athletes Act of 2019, if approved, would mandate significant reform of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee governance structure in three key areas:

- Increasing the legal liability for the USOPC and the 47 individual sport-specific governing bodies under its umbrella, such as USA Gymnastics, for incidents of sexual abuse by coaches and employees. In addition, the USOPC would be required to maintain a public list of all banned coaches, to ensure they are not simply rehired elsewhere. Moreover, Congress would have the right and means to dissolve the ­USOPC’s board of directors for failure to fulfill its oversight responsibility, as well as to decertify individual sports’ governing ­bodies for their failures.

- Giving athletes a larger voice in the governance of the USOPC and in their respective sports. Specifically, the representation of athletes on the Olympic committee’s board would increase from one-fifth to one-third. Athletes’ representation in each sport’s governing body would also increase to the same level, from one-fifth to one-third.

- Strengthening the Center for SafeSport, which was created as an independent, nonprofit clearinghouse and advocate for ­Olympians and would-be Olympians who feel they are being physically, mentally or sexually abused. The bill would require the USOPC to provide the center $20 million per year to do its work more effectively. Moreover, to ensure the center’s independence, employees of the USOPC or individual sports’ governing bodies would be barred from serving at the center, to guard against improper interference.



GAISF Publishes GA Preliminary Working Documents

May 10, 2019 - Gold Coast, Australia.

The GAISF (General Association of International Sports Federations) General Assembly has released and published an agenda and accompanying preliminary working documents detailing GAISF’s positions on the IOC Athlete Safeguarding Toolkit, the .sport internet extension, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), DFSU (Doping Free Sport Unit), Multi-sport games such as the World Urban Games, World Combat Games, World Mind Games and the World Beach Games which show unity between Olympic and non-Olympic sports that might not yet have an opportunity to enter the Olympic programme. The working documents also cover ASOIF, AIOWF, ARISF, and AIMS in addition to going into detail about statutory changes and proposed amendments to those statutes, and provide a glimpse at the 2019 Administration Activity Report. Currently, the GAISF is composed of 95 Members, 20 Associate Members and 10 Observers. USA Sports Council Member Sport Federation ICU Cheer (International Cheer Union) is also a Member of GAISF.

The Working Documents and Agenda also bear the name and contributions from late GAISF President and member of the international sports family, Patrick Baumann, a reminder of the goodwill and collaborative spirit he brought to the world of sports.


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