Sunday, January 11, 2009

Brooks Johnson's take on Steve Roush's resignation...

A few days ago, we posted an item about US Olympic Committee Sports Performance chief Steve Roush's resignation in light of the incident involving four US cyclists at the Beijing Olympics last summer.

Shortly after his resignation, former USA Track & Field high performance chairman Brooks Johnson, and a former US Olympic track team head coach (1984) posted his thoughts on Roush on his blog,

"For some time Steve Roush and his immediate subordinate, Jay Warwick, have lead the fight to have more input into the programmatic aspects of USATF overall operations and high performance projects. This was generally done under the banner of the Sports Partnership Program of the USOC. The genesis of the USOC Sports Partnership Program was to basically assist the various sports federations ( NGBs ) make a more organized and effective presentation to the USOC for funding. Not satisfied or fulfilled with this function, Warwick, and others sought an ever greater input and participation in providing and designing performance programs for sports and federations ( each Sports Partnership administrator had up to 6-8 sports to assist ) about which they had very little background and/or knowledge. This would allow them to take more credit for the success of the programs that fell under their umbrella, assuring themselves of being more valued and more likely kept on board by the USOC."

To read the full contents of his blog, please click here...

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