Sport USOC CEO to IOC on Russian doping: Time for action is now

05:45  13 october  2017
05:45  13 october  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The leader of the U . S . Olympic Committee is calling on his international counterparts to act immediately on allegations of Russian doping , with now less than four months until the start of the Winter Games.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The leader of the U . S . Olympic Committee called on his international counterparts to act immediately on allegations of Russian doping , with now less than four months until the start of the Winter Games.

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, Scott Blackmun, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, speaks at Yongsan Garrison, a U.S. military base in Seoul, South Korea. Blackmun called on his international counterparts to act immediately on allegations of Russian doping, with now less than four months until the start of the Winter Games. ''The time for action is now,'' Blackmun said in an address Thursday, Oct. 12, to the USOC Assembly. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)© The Associated Press FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, Scott Blackmun, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, speaks at Yongsan Garrison, a U.S. military base in Seoul, South Korea. Blackmun called on his international counterparts to act immediately on allegations of Russian doping, with now less than four months until the start of the Winter Games. ''The time for action is now,'' Blackmun said in an address Thursday, Oct. 12, to the USOC Assembly. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee called on his international counterparts to act immediately on allegations of Russian doping, with now less than four months until the start of the Winter Games.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The leader of the U . S . Olympic Committee called on his international counterparts to act immediately on allegations of Russian doping , with now less than four months until the start of the Winter Games.

(AP) — The leader of the U . S . Olympic Committee is calling on his international counterparts to act immediately on allegations of Russian doping , with now less than four months until the start of the Winter Games. "The time for action is now ," Scott Blackmun, the CEO of the USOC

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"The time for action is now," Scott Blackmun, the CEO of the USOC said in an address Thursday to the USOC Assembly.

In his speech to more than 200 members of the U.S. Olympic community, Blackmun said "it is beyond frustrating" that no action has been taken on the now-15-month-old McLaren Report, which documented a Russian doping system that tainted the Sochi Games in 2014.

International Olympic Committee leaders launched two investigations after the McLaren Report was released and expect results before the end of the year.

But Blackmun noted that U.S. athletes are getting frustrated, with so far not a single Sochi medal forfeited nor a single Winter Olympics-bound athlete sanctioned as a result of the McLaren Report. The Olympics start Feb. 8.

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"The time for action is now ," Scott Blackmun, the CEO of the USOC said in an address Thursday to the USOC Assembly. While Blackmun took up the anti- doping topic, USOC chairman Larry Probst was equally forceful in denouncing a growing list of IOC corruption scandals .

(AP) - The leader of the U . S . Olympic Committee is calling on his international counterparts to act immediately on allegations of Russian doping , with now less than four months until the start of the Winter Games. "The time for action is now ," Scott Blackmun, the CEO of the USOC

"I believe the IOC is pursuing the findings of the McLaren Report , both in earnest and in good faith, and I believe the IOC when they say there will be consequences for the bad actors," Blackmun said. "But at some point, justice delayed is justice denied, and we are fast approaching that point."

This was one of the strongest statements the USOC has made about the long-running anti-doping scandal in Russia, and it was met with a burst of applause usually reserved at these meetings for announcements about medal counts and other big accomplishments, such as landing the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Several U.S. athletes and sports leaders have expressed frustration with both the IOC's time-consuming process and with what they had viewed the USOC's less-than-aggressive push against the IOC's handling of the Russian investigation. In one of the assembly meetings Thursday, sports leaders heard from Yulia and Vitaly Stepanov, the first two Russians to blow the whistle on corruption inside the Russian system.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The leader of the U . S . Olympic Committee is calling on his international counterparts to act immediately on allegations of Russian doping , with now less than four months until the start of the Winter Games.

The leader of the U . S . Olympic Committee is calling on his international counterparts to act immediately on allegations of Russian doping . "The time for action is now ," Scott Blackmun, the CEO of the USOC , said in an address to the USOC Assembly.

"Obviously, it's very much welcomed as you could tell by the loud applause," said Edwin Moses, the chair of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. "As the global voices continue to unite and grow to protect clean athletes, having the commitment from a powerful NOC and host of the 2028 Games supporting justice and reform could be a real game-changer."

While Blackmun took up the anti-doping topic, USOC chairman Larry Probst was equally forceful in denouncing a growing list of IOC corruption scandals . Most recently, Brazil's Carlos Nuzman, who spearheaded the effort to stage the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, is in prison during an investigation into a vote-buying scheme to bring the Games to Brazil. The IOC has suspended Nuzman, and he resigned this week as head of the country's Olympic committee.

Probst said the bad actors have "been tolerated for too long."

"To be sure, a global movement requires diplomacy and due process. But it also demands an aggressive and timely response to unacceptable behavior," Probst said.

Blackmun also called on sports leagues and the federal government to help fund the recently opened U.S. Center for SafeSport, which the USOC helped get off the ground. Its mission is collecting reports about and following up on sex-abuse cases inside Olympic sports.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The leader of the U . S . Olympic Committee is calling on his international counterparts to act immediately on allegations of Russian doping , with now less than four months until the start of the Winter Games.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The leader of the U . S . Olympic Committee is calling on his international counterparts to act immediately on allegations of Russian doping , with now less than four months until the start of the Winter Games.

Scandals have resulted in the leaders at both USA Gymnastics and USA Taekwondo being removed from their jobs over the past seven months.

"If we want parents to entrust their children to your care, to encourage them to participate in your sports... we must look at it from the perspective of the couple at the kitchen table; will my child be safe there?" Blackmun said.

The Assembly will close Friday with a USOC board meeting, in which a key topic will be a possible bid for the Winter Olympics in 2026 or 2030.

Probst told the audience the USOC is interested in bringing the Winter Games back to the United States — and has received interest from Salt Lake City, Denver and Reno, Nevada. But no timelines have been set, or decisions have been made, as the IOC is still determining the selection process for 2026.

Also, any bid would have to come with the cooperation of the Los Angeles host committee, which recently agreed to complex financial arrangements with the USOC as part of its deal to stage the games.

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