Recommendations for an "Athletes First" USOC


Edward G. Williams and Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Co-Chairs of the Committee to Restore Integrity to the USOC have released their recommendations on how current USOC Chief Sarah Hirshland can create an “Athletes First” Olympic Committee.

“The Committee to Restore Integrity to the USOC appreciates that the CEO of the USOC,
Sarah Hirshland, reached out and met with representatives of Team Integrity when she was in
New York City on January 16, 2019. The Ropes & Gray and House Subcommittee Reports laid
bare the USOC’s broken culture, one that put “money and medals” ahead of athlete safety and
welfare, many of them children. The USOC has responded that it will reorient itself to put
“Athletes First.”

Our aim with these suggestions is to assure that “Athletes First” is not just a public relations
slogan, but that the necessary culture-shift is manifested by embedding it into the structure and
governance of the organization. The departures of Scott Blackmun and Alan Ashley did not
magically change the culture of the USOC. Other incremental changes are not appropriate with
the momentous changes called for in the two Reports. What is needed now are concrete and
demonstrable changes to the structure and governance of the USOC to send a clear message that
the U.S. Olympic movement is no longer operating “business as usual.””




IOC Athletes’ Commission expresses disappointment, concern over RUSADA

BREAKING: IOC Athletes’ Commission releases statement expressing disappointment and concern over RUSADA's failure to comply with WADA deadline.

“As members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, we are extremely disappointed and concerned by the fact that RUSADA has missed the deadline of 31 December 2018 to hand over the LIMS data from the Moscow laboratory to WADA.

Over the past months, we supported the provisional reinstatement of RUSADA for three main reasons:

1) By provisionally reinstating RUSADA, Russian athletes could be tested more regularly and effectively,

2) Should RUSADA miss the set deadline, stronger and more effective sanctions would be imposed on Russia, thanks to the new International Standard for Code Compliance by Signatories (ISCCS), and

3) The provisional reinstatement of RUSADA with a clear deadline provided us with a clear process and timeline to resolve a situation that has been ongoing since 2015.” (


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READ: Executive Summary of the USA Gymnastics and USOC Investigation

An Executive Summary of the findings of the law firm that investigated the sexual abuse of USA gymnasts was released on December 10, 2018. The Constellation of Factors Underlying Larry Nassar’s Abuse of Athletes places full blame on the governance structure of the USOC and USA Gymnastics, and on both CEOs at that time. Page 8 of the summary is clear on this.

“The conclusion to all sports organizations and its leaderships is clear: act decisively when you are informed.” - USA Sports Council President, Alfredo La Mont


Screenshot: Executive Summary by Ropes & Gray

Screenshot: Executive Summary by Ropes & Gray