by Irvin Muchnick
There are encouraging developments in the legal fight to unseal George Gibney’s American immigration files. I’ll explain in detail as soon as I’m able.
In the meantime, Brazil’s Alex Pussieldi comes back into focus here with this week’s news of an investigation by the Associated Press of the condition of the boating and swimming venues for next summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The story concludes that athletes will be competing “in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill.” See http://bigstory.ap.org/article/d92f6af5121f49d982601a657d745e95/ap-investigation-rios-olympic-water-rife-sewage-virus.
But the impurities of água Olympica have nothing on the violations of youth athletes’ dignity and personhood committed by Pussieldi when he was a swimming coach in Florida who trafficked kids from all over the world, crammed them into living spaces he controlled (sometimes in association with now-imprisoned child molester Roberto Caragol), and in at least one known set of cases, peeped on them through a hidden video camera in a bathroom of his Fort Lauderdale house.
Pussieldi’s comeuppance for this sordid record when he left the coaching ranks, a step ahead of an announced suspension and steep fine by USA Swimming’s regional affiliate for myriad technical violations? He’s now the voice of swimming coverage on Brazil’s SporTV network. He’s the Portuguese-speaking answer to Rowdy Gaines!
So many international swimming sex abuse cover-ups, so little time….
Comprehensive headline links to Concussion Inc.’s coverage of Alex Pussieldi are at https://concussioninc.net/?p=8652.
George Gibney headline links are at https://concussioninc.net/?p=10205.