Federal Olympic 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.
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).
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.