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December 10, 2003 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Olympic Committee executive board should consider decertifying USA Track & Field if that organization continues to refuse to provide information in the Jerome Young doping case, an internal USOC report says. The report, which was dated Dec. 5 and obtained by The Times on Tuesday, says, "No United States [sports federation] should undertake to put at risk the reputation of the entire American Olympic movement over a situation with such a simple path to resolution."
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October 19, 2003 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
Michael Lenard, a 1984 Olympian and now a Los Angeles businessman, once observed that the way the U.S. Olympic Committee was set up amounted to a nearly perfect democracy -- but with a really crummy management structure. And that was in 1989, in one of the USOC's recurring attempts to figure out why it was chronically beset by political infighting and management turmoil. The answer was plain: a board of directors that totaled 123.
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October 18, 2003 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
In the wake of what may be the most significant steroid bust in U.S. and Olympic history, anti-doping authorities said Friday that U.S. track and field officials suffer from a "major credibility gap" and the U.S. Olympic Committee said it would use "all available powers" to address the situation. The day after authorities announced they had unearthed a new designer steroid apparently ingested by "several" U.S.
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September 24, 2003 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Olympic Committee has identified 24 athletes who tested positive for banned drugs, then won medals at the Olympic Games over the last two decades, but it says there is "no evidence" of a widespread or systematic cover-up, according to documents obtained by The Times.
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June 30, 2003 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
The International Olympic Committee on Sunday extended until September the deadline for the U.S. Olympic Committee to explain USOC oversight of anti-doping practices in the 1980s and 1990s. The IOC asked for the report last month. Since then, both the USOC and IOC have been consumed by a number of issues, including the negotiation of U.S. television rights to the 2010 and 2012 Games, won by NBC earlier this month as part of a $2.2-billion package.
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June 25, 2003 | From Associated Press
With the Athens Olympics a year away, U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is pushing to have legislation reforming the scandal-plagued U.S. Olympic Committee signed into law by Congress' August recess. Lawmakers should quickly enact the sweeping reforms to restore the faith of athletes and the public in the USOC, McCain said Tuesday.
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June 21, 2003 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
A U.S. Olympic Committee task force on Friday issued its own plans for reforming USOC management, outlining a "complete overhaul of the structure," calling it "essential" and urging that change be implemented "immediately and decisively." The USOC plan followed by one day a reform outline issued by a commission appointed by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. The plans differ somewhat but arrived at the same basic conclusions: * The USOC's mission needs to be spelled out clearly.
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June 20, 2003 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
A five-member panel appointed by a U.S. Senate committee on Thursday unanimously recommended "drastic," "far-reaching" and "detailed" changes in the way the U.S. Olympic Committee is organized and managed, and urged that those changes be made quickly to keep the USOC on course for next year's Athens Olympics.
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June 18, 2003 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
U.S. athletes ought to take home at least 100 medals from next year's Athens Olympics, U.S. Olympic Committee officials said Tuesday, proclaiming that USOC management turmoil and budget woes this year should not detract from the medal count. The U.S. team won the medal count at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 with 97, and in Atlanta in 1996 with 101. Its best performance in Games not boycotted was in 1992 in Barcelona, 108 medals.
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April 12, 2003 | From Associated Press
After months of saying he didn't want the position, Bill Martin agreed Friday night to serve as president of the U.S. Olympic Committee if he's elected. Martin, acting president since Marty Mankamyer resigned Feb. 4, had said he was too busy as athletic director at Michigan to take the job full time. He changed his mind Friday after several USOC members, including Vice President Paul George, voiced their support over the last week.
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