Olympic grant funds not usable for abuse probes
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.