does USAG do enough to protect kids?

The Indianapolis Star posted a lengthy article detailing numerous cases where the reporters feel the National Sports Governing Body could have done more, sooner.

Timing is lousy since most of the world is distracted by something happening in Rio right now. This is an important issue. Better would be to have posted a week ago. Or right after the Olympics.

Publishing now does smack of Olympic opportunism.

USA Gymnastics’ response to Indianapolis Star’s report

For information on how USA Gymnastics handles allegations of sexual misconduct, please click here.

Handspring TRIPLE front

We’ve spent two quadrennials in fear of catastrophic injury on WAG Vault – Handspring double front.

This new vault is significantly more dangerous. 😦

Click PLAY or watch it on Twitter. Igor Radivilov, 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist.

first female Presidential nominee

One of the themes of this site is empowerment of women in sport. Women in life. Every girl in America now knows she could be President.

“We’re on our way to breaking the highest and hardest glass ceiling.”

ceiling

Watch the Morgan Freeman narrated VIDEO aired before Clinton officially accepted her historic nomination.

Kohei on the IOC doping decision

“It’s absolutely wrong to ban athletes who have not broken the rules. It (this decision) is good,” said Uchimura, a six-times world all-around champion.

“Those who dope can’t complain even if they get banned for life,” the 27-year-old Japanese told the Kyodo news agency.

Reuters

Olympic gold medal gymnast Kohei Uchimura poses for a photo after a training session at the National Training Center in Tokyo, Japan, February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Olympic gold medal gymnast Kohei Uchimura poses for a photo after a training session at the National Training Center in Tokyo, Japan, February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

You can argue that all Russian athletes should be banned. Including gymnasts. Many are taking that position. I respect the argument.

Russian sport is corrupt and deserves sanction up to but not including disallowing athletes and coaches not proven personally guilty. That’s my opinion.

Yulia Stepanova denied Rio

What!? 😦

The IOC has rejected the bid by Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova to compete as neutral athlete in Olympics.

Stepanova was cleared by track and field’s world governing body earlier this month to compete as a neutral athlete in the European championships and the Olympics. But the IOC did not accept the decision for the Olympics. …

The 800-meter runner provided evidence to the World Anti-Doping Agency of widespread cheating in Russia that led the IAAF to bar the country’s track and field athletes from international competition, including the Rio Games.

Stepanova, who served a two-year doping ban before turning whistleblower, is now living and training in the United States at an undisclosed location.

Russian whistleblower denied bid to compete in Rio Olympics

Yulia Stepanova

Without Yulia we wouldn’t know about systematic Russian doping corruption. What whistleblower will ever come forward in future?

related – No one really wants a Whistle Blower: Russia, the IOC, and Doping.

(via Nancy Armour)

Russian gymnasts NOT banned from the Olympics

Russia will not receive a blanket ban from Rio 2016 following the country’s doping scandal, an Olympic source has told the BBC.

Instead, the International Olympic Committee will leave it up to individual sport’s governing bodies to decide if Russian competitors are clean and should be allowed to take part.

BBC

Russia Olympics

Russia is corrupt. Systematic doping was approved all the way up to – I assume – the defacto dictator Putin. But I’m still happy Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline will get to compete in Rio.

The Russian girls are en route to Brazil now.

Amanda Turner – IOC Declines to Ban Russia from Rio

via Gymternet Clan