June 2, 2004 |
With a top U.S. sprinter barred from this summer's Athens Games -- and the potential for additional doping cases to follow -- national track and field officials have asked for advice should suspended athletes sue to get onto the Olympic team. In a May 26 letter obtained by The Times, USA Track & Field asked the U.S. Olympic Committee for help regarding a number of legal scenarios.
February 22, 2004 |
Confronted with a formal complaint filed with the U.S. Olympic Committee and informed that it had exceeded its authority, USA Boxing reversed itself for the fourth time in a week, ruling that the 152-pound division of the U.S. boxing trials would go forward with the four survivors. Not here, where the rest of the trials concluded Saturday night at the Tunica Arena and Exposition Center, but at the Olympic box-offs in Cleveland next week. The box-offs, which will determine the 2004 U.S.
January 30, 2004 |
The U.S. Olympic Committee on Thursday gave USA Track & Field a Feb. 24 deadline to open its files in the case of sprinter Jerome Young, who tested positive for a banned steroid in 1999 but was cleared to compete in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
December 10, 2003 |
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."
October 19, 2003 |
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.
October 18, 2003 |
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.
September 24, 2003 |
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.
June 30, 2003 |
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.
June 25, 2003 |
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.
June 21, 2003 |
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.