Why I’m Not Going to Quit the US Olympic Committee
A year after the U.S. Olympic Committee’s ethics committee found him guilty of misconduct, former USOC chief executive Mike and 11 other officials are scheduled to speak before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The House Oversight Committee released a statement Tuesday evening that stated the committee will “continue to look into” the investigation, which the committee called “deeply troubling.”
The committee will continue to look at the allegations of improper conduct and the impact they may have on the Olympic Games, committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said in the statement.
“We will not allow any individual to have a say in our future,” Gowdy added.
“I look forward to our Committee members, staff and the American people learning more about this case.”
On Tuesday, Gowdy’s committee sent an investigative letter to former IOC president Jack Daniels.
The letter, dated March 22, also questioned the IOC’s ethics procedures and the IOC executive board.
Daniels, who served as USOC CEO until February, had resigned in March after admitting to an affair with a subordinate and a sex assault on a female employee.
On Tuesday morning, Gowda and the committee asked Daniels to address the committee’s questions and provide information about his personal life.
In his statement, Daniels denied the allegations and said he has never engaged in any misconduct.
Daniels also disputed the committee statement, saying the committee “has not provided an answer” on why it decided not to investigate Daniels’ conduct.
Gowdy said Tuesday that he plans to interview Daniels.
Gowda also released a letter from his office to Daniels on Monday.
The former IOC chief executive had resigned after admitting an affair and sexual assault on an employee.
Gowd’s statement said the committee would continue to investigate the allegations against Daniels and the rest of the IOC Executive Board.
The committee is also looking into whether USOC has acted adequately to protect the Olympic Committee from outside scrutiny, Gowd said in a statement.
Gowdo said Daniels’ decision to resign, which came just days after the IOC Board of Directors met in New York City, “was not a decision made lightly.”
“It is important to remember that this is a very serious matter and that it was taken seriously,” Gowd continued.
“As such, we have made no further public statements regarding this matter.”