Gov’t Olympic funds not us­able for abuse probes

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A grow­ing sex-abuse prob­lem in Olympic sports has led to a steady stream of Con­gres­sional hear­ings and a three-year grant worth $2.2 mil­lion.

Yet not a penny of those fed­eral funds can be used to fight the ac­tual prob­lem: in­ves­ti­gat­ing or re­solv­ing more than 800 open cases, many brought by vic­tims them­selves. That leaves an ever-grow­ing back­log for the U.S. Cen­ter for SafeS­port, the or­ga­ni­za­tion that opened 20 months ago to in­ves­ti­gate sex-abuse com­plaints in Olympic sports.

“We didn’t re­al­ize un­til the (bid in­struc­tions for the grant) came out that we would not be able to use it for per­form­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” said SafeS­port CEO Shel­lie Pfohl. “Clearly, that is a need, and we are con­tin­u­ing to look for more ro­bust fund­ing, both from gov­ern­ment sources (and) from out­side of gov­ern­ment.”

IOC Pres­i­dent Thomas Bach gave his bless­ing for the joint Mi­lan- Cortina d’Am­pezzo bid for the 2026 Win­ter Olympics to move for­ward with­out fund­ing from the Ital­ian gov­ern­ment.

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