The USOC Athlete Ombudsman Office

John in London
Provides advice to athletes at no cost

Our Role:

(1) Right to Compete: In 1998, the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act created the position of the Athlete Ombudsman. The Sports Act mandates that the Athlete Ombudsman assist in mediating disputes involving the opportunity to participate in the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan-American Games, World Championships, and other "protected competition" as defined in the USOC Bylaws. 

(2) Independent Advice: The Athlete Ombudsman provides independent advice to athletes at no cost about:

  • The Ted Steven's Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, and 
  • Governing documents, rules, and regulations from:
    • the USOC
    • National Governing Bodies
    • Paralympic Sports Organizations
    • International Sports Federations
    • the International Olympic Committee
    • the International Paralympic Committee
    • Pan-American Sports Organization
    • World Anti-Doping Agency
    • U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

(3) Policy: Develops and implements USOC policy that secures the rights and interests of athletes

(4) Reports to the AAC: Attends Athletes' Advisory Council (AAC) meetings and works with them on policy development and implementation

Nature of Issues:

Athletes and NGBs may contact the Athlete Ombudsman, at any time, regarding questions, inquires, or complaints about the following topics:

  • Trials
  • Anti-Doping
  • SafeSport
  • Commercial Terms
  • Eligibility
  • Governance
  • Access to Services
  • Code of Conduct


Bios:

John Ruger Bio
Sara Clark Bio
Athlete Ombudsman One-Pager


Contact:


Phone: 719.866.5000  Website:    www.athleteombudsman.org
Email:   john.ruger@usoc.org                   Facebook: USOC.Athlete.Ombudsman
              sara.clark@usoc.org  Twitter:      USOCombudsman