Erin Strout writes that she feels like an "extra in the movie 'Groundhog Day' ... The plot never changes. It’s always a great mystery why track and field isn’t more popular. But given this continuous loop, it shouldn’t be such a head scratcher."
Track and field will remain stagnant if we continue to hide in a tiny Oregon bubble where we feel comfortable, nobody asks any questions, and we can so easily delude ourselves into believing it represents a broader fan base. It doesn’t. Eugene is an anomaly, built by the Nike neighbors up the street.
Lananna heads several companies and nonprofits that bid on contracts and host track meets, including TrackTown USA and because of this (as well as concerns expressed by their auditing firm), the board passed a resolution requiring Lananna to recuse himself from many USATF issues. We said back when Lananna was running for president that he should "give up his current role at TrackTown USA."
Before and after the October expose on Sigel, many have questioned the way he conducts USATF business with lavish spending and questionable self-dealing and there was hope Lananna was going to look into this. However, Lananna said, "I really don’t have enough information to really have an opinion on it ... Right now, my position [with Siegel] is I’m comfortable with what I’ve seen. If it comes to the point where I’m not comfortable, I will speak up."
From lack of water, poor medical support and a late start time in hot conditions, a lot went wrong at the 2016 Trials and Young concludes "it was probably the local organizing committee's fault."
Wright rips USATF for the distribution of income which hardly any athletes see and explains that "the middle class doesn't exist" in US track and field.
Her first thought after reading the recent WP story was, "How much shit are we going to put up with before we, the athletes, do something about it?"
His website says he's running "because I believe that I have the qualifications, experience, and passion to lead USATF at this exceptionally exciting time in our sport."
Albuquerque will host 2017 US Indoor Champs.
As activist Becca Gillespy Peter explains, these volunteers will now "have to pay a significant amount of money to defend themselves against this lawsuit."
*Full Lawsuit Document
*MB: USATF & Max Siegel Continue Their Powergrab – This Time Against The Youth
In an open letter Wiley writes, "It is difficult for me to accept that the organization that has been so much a part of my life for the past 38 years, now resembles a third world dictatorship..."
*Youth Executive Committee Claims USATF's Suspension Was Illegal And Have Filed A Complaint With The USOC This open letter gives a rundown of the dispute (which started over hiring a timing company) from the Youth Committee's point of view.
*MB: USATF & Max Siegel Continue Their Powergrab - This Time Against The Youth
*LRC USATF Controversy Archives
The article gives some background on Siegel who had a tough upbringing in a broken/abusive home and turns to what he's done with USATF, including the controversial 23-year deal with Nike.
The latest USATF controversy is over a dispute about the selection of the vendor to provide registration services for national youth championships.
The men's 4x100 was the only loss.
"It makes USA Track & Field look like they will do anything to win a medal. It also makes USA Track & Field seem like they are above any rules, unless those rules work for them."
*MB: Why does USATF insist on hiring Dennis Mitchell (who is a convicted doper and on the surface not good at his job) as relays coach?
Mitchell coaches Justin Gatlin, but is being grandfathered in as Rio relay coach since he was selected before the rule was made.