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JUN 2018

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June 2018 12 www.sportseventsmagazine.com in a "committed relationship" with Smith that began after she was of age. They lived together for more than a year after the 2012 Olympic Games." On May 21, in a news con- ference regarding the lawsuit, Smith admitted she was not able to emotionally grasp what happened between them until early this year, and said the abuse affected her sexual maturity. Earlier this year, the Depart- ment of Homeland Security opened an investigation into the athlete's claims. No charges have been filed at this time. Others named in the lawsuit include King Aquatic club, Aquatic Management Group, Western Zone Swimming and Pacific Northwest Swimming. Smith also named the head coach of USA Swimming's 2006 to 2010 team, Mark Schubert, in the suit, claiming he was aware of the "relation- ship" but did not report it. He has not commented at this time. Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Swimming is the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming and has approximately 400,000 mem- bers, including swimmers from the age group level to Olympic team members, in addition to coaches and volunteers from more than 2,800 teams across the United States. In January, the U.S. House of Representatives announced it was expanding its focus on sexual abuse within the American Olympic program, including swimming, following the Nassar abuse scandal. "The abhorrent abuses asso- ciated with USA Gymnastics, as well as allegations in 2014, when 19 swimmers said they were sexually abused by their coaches, may raise concerns about whether your organiza- tion has sufficient mechanisms to protect young athletes from abuse and mistreatment," the House Committee on Energy and Commerce wrote to USA Swimming. "Accordingly, the Committee is seeking infor- mation from USA Swimming because of the role it plays in overseeing swimming and protecting all of its athletes." The House Committee also sent letters to USA Taekwondo, Michigan State and USA Gymnastics asking them how they handle sexual abuse cases. The United States Supreme Court Allows States to Legalize Sports Gambling WASHINGTON — In a 6-3 ruling that strikes down a 1992 federal law that prohibited most states from authorizing sports betting, the U.S. Supreme Court said states had the right to legalize gambling. The ruling took place on May 14, 2018. The court said federal law violated the constitutional rights of states to control policy. "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," wrote Justice Samuel Alito of the court's de- cision. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own." The NCAA, NFL and NBA backed federal prohibition of legalized sports betting. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie brought a law- suit seeking to strike down the arbitrary ban on sports betting arguing that New Jersey voters should be allowed to help the casino industries during t SPORTS Talk FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The United States Olympic Committee Disabilities announced an agreement designating the agency as its seventh U.S. Paralympic Training Site. Turnstone's facil- ities, staff and resources will provide an elite athlete training environment for current and aspiring Paralympic athletes, with a specialty in the sport of goalball. "We are very excited to name Turnstone as the newest U.S. Paralympic Training Site," said Aron McGuire, USOC senior director of Olympic Training Centers. "The work that Turnstone does is essential in supporting our current and future Paralympians, and ensuring that our athletes have the resources in place to compete and succeed at the highest levels of international competition." Turnstone's goalball program retains a reputation of excel- lence, which adds to the Olympic family's 18 other training sites across the country. Through Turnstone's relationship with the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA), the agency is currently home to the Goalball Center of Excellence, the U.S. Men's and Women's Goalball Resident Program, and the internationally ranked 2018 U.S. Men's and Women's National Goalball teams. The designated training site includes the Goalball Center of Excellence and the Plassman Athletic Center at Turnstone. The Goalball Center for Excellence includes a single, enclosed gymnasium with the only Taraflex goalball court in the United States. The Plassman Athletic Center boasts 4 NCAA- dimension wood floor basketball courts with scoreboards and divider curtains; a 230-meter, six-lane indoor track; and mobile bleacher seating for 1,000 spectators. Current and hopeful Paralympic athletes also have access to Turnstone's 5,000-square-foot Health and Wellness Center for cardio and strength training for core, upper and lower extremities, two therapy consult rooms (the Wellness Center also houses the adult physical and occupational therapy pro- grams), three group fitness rooms and a 2,400-square-foot warm-water therapeutic pool where athletes train with certified fitness specialist(s) or athletic trainers. n Turnstone Center Designated As An Official Paralympic Training Site (L-R) Katie Baker, Associate Director, Paralympic Sport Performance, United States Olympic Committee; Mark Lucas Executive Director, United States Association of Blind Athletes; Tom Trent, Board Chair, Turnstone & Attorney, Rothberg, Logan and Warsco; Mike Mushett, CEO, Turnstone.

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