This morning on the way to work, to the shock of even us at SwimSwam, NPR broadcasted a nationwide radio report on the status of the USA Swimming sexual abuse scandal and their SafeSport program.
The report traveled back and covered, at a high level, to 2010, when the stories first started making national airwaves, including covering topics like Rick Curl. They spoke with Bob Allard, the attorney representing many of the victims and alleged victims, and Chuck Wielgus, the chief of USA Swimming.
The context of the report was around USA Swimming’s independent review of the SafeSport program (which can be read about here) timed against the upcoming meeting on Wednesday with U.S. Representative George Miller to discuss sexual abuse both in swimming and other youth sports.
There wasn’t a ton of new information in the report. Wielgus denied that the timing of the independent investigation was connected to the groups meeting with Miller. NPR did manage to get a rare recorded Wielgus interview, which is a plus for the report.
The big news, though, is that the saga is back in the eye of national news media, which we saw three years ago pushes for a lot of momentum and change. Listen to the embeded report above.