Fed­eral Olympic funds not us­able for abuse probes

The Sun Herald - - Sports -

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.”

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