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USOC sets up agency to investigate sex abuse

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 10, 2014 at 5:12 pm •  Published: June 10, 2014

The U.S. Olympic Committee has committed more than $10 million for a new independent agency that will investigate and resolve allegations of sexual abuse in Olympic sports.

At its board meeting Tuesday, the USOC voted to spend $5.2 million over the next five years and have the governing bodies of Olympic sports combine to match that amount to run the agency. The USOC will seek another $10 million to $15 million from outside parties.

The agency, to open in 2015, will provide education programs and oversight for Olympic sports, some of which have had difficulty policing themselves.

Earlier this week, USA Swimming chief Chuck Wielgus wrote a blog in which he apologized to dozens of victims of sexual abuse in his sport, four years after he went on TV and said he had nothing to apologize for. USA Swimming, which runs its own safe sport program, has banned 101 coaches and officials for life, most of them for sexual misconduct.

"There's a widespread recognition over the Olympic movement that we need to shine more light on this problem," USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said. "Chuck said that in his blog and the board said that in a very important and formal way today."

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