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The Nominations for "Best Sports Governing Body Leader" as provided by Yonivi.com:
Mike Cavanaugh, USA Table Tennis
Cheryl Kirk, USA Racquetball
Steve Stenersen, US Lacrosse
Chuck Wielgus, USA Swimming
If Wielgus did get nominated, this nomination is so absurd and beyond comprehension one has to ask how it could be possible especially after looking back at what happened in this past year alone: Sex abuse scandals; (emphasis on plural tense), blaming the victims of said sex abuse scandals not on one televised news segment, but rather two; (ABC News 20/20, and ESPN's Between the Lines).
An anti-trust lawsuit from TYR where the judge did acknowledge that USA Swimming was indeed "rule breaking" but TYR could not demonstrate monetary damage as a result of the activity hence the suit was thrown out.
Complaints filed by former USA Swimming, Vice President, Mike Saltzstein and Indiana, Coach, Ken Stopkotte to United States Olympic Committee (USOC) stating they were signaled out and denied career enhancing duties after complaining to USA Swimming regarding their lousy child protection rules, but then it gets worse!
USA Swimming gives a glowing recommendation to former national team coach , Everett Uchiyama, who was accused of sexual abuse by a 30-something-year-old woman who stated the abuse began when she was just 14-years-old. Uchiyama, was later placed on the "banned list" of coaches yet the USA Swimming "brass" gave Uchiyama a solid recommendation to The Country Club in Colorado Springs who hired him as a swim coach a year later.
These events were chronicled by Associated Press at the Huffington Post:
"... Her accusations, made in a Jan. 24, 2006, e-mail to USA Swimming, led to his resignation under a confidential agreement three days later. He was permanently banned from the organization on Jan. 31, 2006, but that didn't stop him from landing a job at the nearby Country Club of Colorado a year later. ..."
But how long has this sort of nonsense been going on? It is demonstrable that this sort of shady or sketchy ethics handling has been going on since 2003:
From the San Jose Mercury News:
"... In her lengthy, Jan. 20, 2003, e-mail to Pacific Swimming's Benton, Kelly described her experience swimming for King at Chabot 10 years earlier. She said she "was shaking as I type," and called King "a terribly abusive coach" who had made female swimmers kiss the males in front of the team before practice. If they didn't, the whole team had to swim extra laps. "Andy timed it with a stop watch, because the rule was I had to kiss this person for 30 seconds," she wrote.
King also subjected swimmers to lengthy diatribes, filled with comments like "stupid bitch" and "you are an idiot" if they did not swim as well as he wanted, she wrote in her e-mail.
In the same e-mail, she said "over 10 years later, I feel I need to say what I wish I said then. I can't change what happened but maybe something can be done to stop this from continuing." She wrote that she was "writing not to lodge a formal complaint, because perhaps too much time has gone by...."
"... In a Jan. 27, 2003, e-mail, Wielgus wrote that he had talked to the group's attorney and here is our counsel:
"1. No formal complaint is being filed, so there is no formal action for you or us to take.
"2. You should monitor the situation and alert us if any new information comes forward.
"3. USA Swimming will open a file on this matter and while we will take no action at this time, we will remain alert for any new information.
"4. This matter should be kept confidential by both you and us.
"5. When and if any new information comes forward, we will assess the situation at that time and determine if any action is required."
So, how with a straight face or a moral conscience can this nomination be made? Who made the nomination? Perhaps the voters need to be educated on how both swimmers, parents, and most especially the victims feel about this.