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Senator Gardner calls for commission to re-evaluate USOC

Posted at 3:44 PM, Jan 15, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Saying we can do better, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) has introduced legislation Tuesday to create a commission that would have the power to study the structure of the United State Olympic Committee and offer lawmakers recommendations on how to improve the organization.

In a video statement, Gardner said he wants Team USA’s presence in Colorado to grow even strong while doing a better job of looking out for athletes.

“In Colorado, we’re proud of our Olympic city, Colorado Springs, and all that our Olympic athletes mean to our great state,” said Senator Gardner. “But we know we can do better. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation today to make sure we are taking a look at the structure of the Olympic committee so that its presence in Colorado can grow even stronger and we can do a better job looking out for the futures of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes.”

The legislation would establish a 16 member commission made up of individuals with experience in athletics, advocacy, and coaching. Half of the committee would be comprised of Olympians or Paralympians.

In studying the governance structure of the USOC, the Commissioner would look at the diversity of USOC board members, licensing and funding arrangements, oversight of ‘ National Governing Bodies, and the recruitment of the Olympics and Paralympic games to cities in the US.

The Commission will submit a final report to Congress with their findings, conclusions, recommendations, for policy changes.