Fed­eral 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 ev­er­grow­ing 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 Mi­lanCortina d’Am­pezzo bid for the 2026 Win­ter Olympics to move for­ward with­out fund­ing from the Ital­ian gov­ern­ment.


McDon­ald leads US women: Jes­sica McDon­ald, mak­ing just her sec­ond ap­pear­ance for the na­tional team, scored in the 43rd minute and the U.S. reached its 500th vic­tory with a 1-0 win over Por­tu­gal in Lisbon.

The U.S. na­tional team is now 500-65-74 over­all since its in­cep­tion in 1985. With the vic­tory, the Amer­i­cans re­main un­de­feated this year at 17 wins and two ties. The team has an un­beaten streak of 27 games (24 wins, three ties).

French pow­er­house

Paris St.-Ger­main ac­knowl­edged that for the past five years some of its youth coaches used racial pro­fil­ing in the re­cruit­ment of young play­ers, hours af­ter a news me­dia re­port that it was part of an ef­fort to limit the num­ber of black play­ers signed by the club.

The charges of dis­crim­i­na­tion were out­lined in a re­port by Me­di­a­part, which is part of a Euro­pean in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism col­lec­tive that has used a trove of hacked doc­u­ments to pro­duce a series of ar­ti­cles on the in­ter­nal work­ings of sev­eral top Euro­pean soc­cer clubs. Me­di­a­part pub­lished scout­ing re­ports it said were used by PSG re­cruiters from 2013 un­til ear­lier this year to eval­u­ate young play­ers; along with eval­u­at­ing a player’s phys­i­cal and tech­ni­cal skills, scouts were asked to check a box not­ing each player’s “ori­gin.”

The club, which has been trans­formed into a global force by its Qatari own­ers in the past decade, claimed se­nior of­fi­cials had no knowl­edge of the racial pro­fil­ing pro­gram. PSG blamed the form, and the sys­tem, on an ex­em­ployee re­spon­si­ble for lead­ing a team that re­cruited play­ers from out­side of the Paris re­gion.


IndyCar bound for Rio: Brazil will re­turn to the IndyCar series in 2020 with a street race in Rio de Janeiro. IndyCar raced in Brazil for the last time in 2013, in Sao Paulo. The next Brazil­ian race will drive through Rio’s iconic sam­badrome, a venue for more than 120,000 spec­ta­tors where floats and rev­el­ers cel­e­brate dur­ing Car­ni­val.

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