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The International Swimming Hall of Fame took back its invite to USA Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus on Monday. After a group of 19 women who said they were sexually abused by U.S. swim coaches petitioned the International Swimming Hall of Fame last week, Wielgus withdrew from consideration.
“After significant reflection and discussion, International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) chairwoman Donna deVarona and President/CEO Bruce Wigo, and USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus jointly announce that Mr. Wielgus’ name will be withdrawn from consideration of the Hall of Fame,” the statement read.
“The induction ceremony should be a time to celebrate our sport and the outstanding accomplishments of the individuals being honored. Both ISHOF and USA Swimming believe our mutual decision is in the best interest of the swimming community as a whole and we are committed to working constructively together with other organizations, including the Women’s Sports Foundation, to end sexual abuse and ensure a safe culture for athletes.”