WASHINGTON – Following a recent letter from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced plans to double its voluntary grants to the U.S. Center for SafeSport, the entity tasked with investigating claims of abuse and sexual misconduct raised by athletes. The announcement came in a nine-page letter responding to questions raised by Grassley in January about steps the Olympic Committee is taking to promote a culture of safety and respect following the recent sexual assault scandal.
“Athletes at all levels should be able to practice, compete and excel in a safe environment where abuse and exploitation is not tolerated. The U.S. Olympic Committee’s plan to provide additional resources to the Center for SafeSport demonstrates that it is taking claims of abuse and misconduct more seriously. Fostering a culture that respects athletes of all ages and abilities will require continued oversight and support from the Olympic Committee. I’ll continue to work with the Olympic Committee, athlete advocates and other stakeholders to ensure that the world’s most coveted sports institution continues to inspire athletes, promote safety and make all Americans proud,” Grassley said.
In 2018, the Olympic Committee provided a $3.1 million grant to the Center for SafeSport. Following Grassley’s questions about SafeSport’s funding, the Olympic Committee said it will donate $6.2 million to SafeSport in 2019.
The Olympic Committee’s full response is available HERE. Grassley is set to meet with Olympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland later this month.