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Mike Saltzstein Added Back to USA Swimming Officials List After Arbitration -- July 23, 2010

NEW YORK, New York, July 23. ACCORDING to the Associated Press, Mike Saltzstein has been added back to the USA Swimming Officials List after an American Arbitration Association (AAA) hearing came to a conclusion recently.

The AAA decision specifically stated that the initial decision to remove Saltzstein "was arbitrary, capricious, and in violation" of Salzstein's right "to participate as an international referee under the Sports Act."

Saltzstein, who is a former USA Swimming vice president, invoked the Amateur Sports Act to reclaim his position as a member of the USA Swimming Officials List. Saltzstein originally claimed that he was removed from the list due to his public attacks on USA Swimming regarding its sexual abuse policies.


"Coaches who I know and respect have told me this was the right fight at the right time," Saltzstein told the AP. "Around the world, many have written in the last 24 hours to say, 'Congratulations, well done, we look forward to seeing you.'"

USA Swimming responded with a statement questioning the original basis of the claim following the decision.

"The arbitrator's decision in this case was not in any way based on Mr. Saltzstein's original complaint that USA Swimming retaliated against him because of his position on USA Swimming's response to allegations of sexual misconduct by swimming coaches," the statement read. "In fact, during the hearing, (Saltzstein) withdrew his retaliation claim after his counsel admitted that they had put on no evidence of retaliation."

Full text of the Associated Press article.


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July 23, 2010 I just spoke to Mike Saltzstein and was told he removed the evidence because the "scurrilous hearsay" alone that the arbitrator was noting was enough to win the case and get him back on deck.

What a bunch of spin artists at USA Swimming. Have they ever admitted a mistake? Never, not even in this case will they admit they acted unfairly. The President of the United States will mistakes but USA Swimming. They are too arrogant. Don't believe me? Watch 20/20 and see the CEO, Chuck Wielgus blame the victims for not filing "official complaints" even though one sent him a personal email.

In fact, I wonder who is responsible for the scurrilous hearsay that besmirched Saltzstein's character as mentioned in the AP article? Was that person a USA Swimming exec or provider? Will they apologize or admit wrong doing?
Submitted by: Groovydoo
July 24, 2010 Mike Saltzstein should pressure USA Swimming to hire outside professionals (experts in sex abuse) to investigate and make determinations on revoking licenses. The current system of using volunteer USA Swimming officials (even other coaches) to hear allegations of sexual abuse is absurd.
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