Swimming: Former U.S. official rips governing body's response to sexual abuse

Swimming

EX-Official: U.S. group slow to react to abuse

Mike Saltzstein, USA Swimming's vice president from 2000-06, said Friday that the governing body has dragged its feet for years about sexual abuse of children and isn't doing enough about it. Recently, four lawsuits have been filed against USA Swimming alleging improper contact between coaches and young athletes. And ABC News reported at least 36 coaches have been banned for life by the body over the past decade because of sexual misconduct.

Saltzstein, a member of the organization for three decades, sent a letter in April recommending six steps, including mandating two adults — two coaches or a coach and a parent — be on hand for any inter­action with a single youth.

He said the seven-point plan USA Swimming unveiled last week — primarily a call to review current guidelines and develop new ones and educating parents, children and coaches — doesn't address the problem.

"I came up with what I think are six pretty easy, pretty quick-action steps that show some real action," said Saltzstein, who added he first raised the issue in 1999. "The seven they sent out, well, there's just no action to be found in there."

USA Swimming said it was aware of Saltzstein's letter but had no comment.

Tennis

Nadal stays perfect on clay in 2010

Rafael Nadal beat Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-1 to reach the semifinals of the Rome Masters. Nadal, who faces Ernests Gulbis, is 8-0 on clay this year and seeks his fifth title at this event in six years. Fernando Verdasco meets David Ferrer in the other semifinal.

Porsche Grand Prix: Justine Henin, seeking her first title since ending an 18-month retirement in January, beat Jelena Jankovic 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 to reach the semifinals in Stuttgart, Germany. Henin, who lost in the Australian Open final, meets Shahar Peer. Samantha Stosur meets Anna Lapushchenkova in the other semifinal.

Et cetera

Cycling: Lance Armstrong announced his girlfriend, Anna Hansen, is expecting a child in October. It will be the second child with Hansen for Armstrong, 38, who had three with his ex-wife.

Times wires

Swimming: Former U.S. official rips governing body's response to sexual abuse 04/30/10 [Last modified: Saturday, May 1, 2010 12:09am]

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