by Irvin Muchnick
SwimSwam.com has a good, thorough account of the swimming sex abuse survivors’ petition protesting the International Swimming Hall of Fame induction of Chuck Wielgus, CEO of USA Swimming. See http://swimswam.com/womens-sports-foundation-protests-wielgus-hof-induction-group-past-usa-swimming-presidents-push-back/.
The article notes that, although Wielgus did not comment, a group of past USA Swimming board presidents “pushed back” with a statement supportive of him.
Nancy Hogshead-Makar of the Women’s Sports Foundation points out that the presidents’ statement does not dispute the facts in the petition, and adds:
“… It is not admirable leadership to move an organization that is under pressure from a Congressional investigation, an FBI investigation, lawsuits and constant media scrutiny. Instead, it takes leadership to avoid that level of inquiry.”
ISHOF head Bruce Wigo told SwimSwam: “The petition raises disturbing, grave questions that we take most seriously. The International Swimming Hall of Fame has great compassion and empathy for all survivors of sexual abuse and we are fully supportive of any effort that helps make our sport safe for young athletes. We have received and currently are reviewing the petition.”