Monday Memo: Washington Showdown on Olympic Sport Sex Abuse

(ATR)Hearings in Congress on the sex abuse scandals, news from World Beach Games, South American Games.

Capitol Hill Investigates Olympic Sport Scandals

Both houses of the U.S.Congress hold hearings this week on the sex abuse scandals rocking Olympic sports in the U.S.

On May 22, a subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled for its latest in a series of hearings that have focused on the victims of the abuse.

The most anticipated hearing will come on May 23. Leaders of the US Olympic Committee and national governing bodies for gymnastics, swimming, taekwondo and volleyball will face questioning from members of the U.S. House subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

"Examining the Olympic Community’s Ability to Protect Athletes from Sexual Abuse" is the title for the house hearing

Nuzman Trial Hears More Evidence in Rio

More witnesses are expected to testify on behalf of the defense for Carlos Nuzman, on trial in Rio de Janeiro over accusations that he bribed fellow IOC members in 2009 to cast their votes for Rio 2016. The trial, which began two weeks ago, is supposed to hear from more than 40 defense witnesses. Nuzman is the former president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and Rio 2016. He retired as an IOC member in 2012.

ANOC World Beach Games Sports Program

The final sports program for the first ever ANOC World Beach Games is supposed to be unveiled May 24 in San Diego. The South California city will host the debut in 2019 .

Expected for the announcement isGunilla Lindberg, IOC member and ANOC secretary general and Vincent Mudd, president of the organizing committee.

Bolivia Welcomes South American Games

More than 3500 athletes from 14 countries are heading to Cochabamba, Bolivia this week for the 2018 edition of the South American Games.

Running from May 26 to June 8, 35 sports /disciplines are on the program.

With an elevation close to 3000 meters, athletes are said to be arriving early to acclimate themselves to the high altitude.

Cochabamba, population 600,000+, is the third-largest city in Bolivia.

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