After Sex Abuse Scandal, USA Swimming Approves Athlete Protection Measures

Saltzstein, who served as a official at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, had sent an e-mail to USA Swimming proposing six steps to curb what he saw as a culture of sexual misconduct by USA Swimming coaches. He wrote an open editorial in April following the "20/20" investigation that was picked up by newspapers nationwide. In it, he criticized USA Swimming for being more concerned with public relations than the safety of young swimmers.

"What concerns me is we seem to have forgotten our youth members," Saltzstein wrote. "Instead of really focusing on child protection or even following through on the basics, we seem to be worried about the image and how the sport works."

Saltzstein alleged that USA Swimming did not renominate him after he spoke out and filed a complaint with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

USA Swimming denied that Saltzstein had been dropped as retaliation, saying in a statement, "The arbitrator's decision in this case was not in any way based on Mr. Saltzstein's original complaint that USA Swimming retaliated against him because of his position on USA Swimming's response to allegations of sexual misconduct by swimming coaches. In fact, during the hearing, [Saltzstein] withdrew his retaliation claim after his counsel admitted that they had put on no evidence of retaliation."


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