Athlete Ombuds

RESOLVING CONFLICTS & CONCERNS

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and its member organizations are obligated to provide for swift resolution of conflicts and concerns involving athletes, including their opportunity to participate in protected competition. There are processes within each member organization, as well as within the USOPC, to accomplish this mandate. 

Additionally, the Office of the Athlete Ombuds is available to provide independent, confidential advice to elite athletes with respect to resolving concerns and disputes and to assist in such resolution through fact-finding, facilitated communication and mediation. In circumstances where more formal grievance processes are necessary, the Office of the Athlete Ombuds can advise athletes in how to navigate these processes (as a victim, complainant or respondent) and assist in identifying legal counsel if needed. 

For more information on how to navigate your issue, please select one of the following: 

Matters within USOPC and/or National Governing Body Jurisdiction

 This includes: 

  • Team selection/the right to participate in protected competition
  • Athlete agreements, benefits and services, and commercial issues
  • Disciplinary issues (such as code of conduct, discrimination, retaliation issues)
  • Athlete voice in decision-making, NGB governance and compliance
  • Eligibility issues (such citizenship, membership, classification)
  • Conflicts of interest

 

External Matters

 This includes: 

  • Anti-doping
  • U.S. Center for SafeSport

 

 
Disclaimer: Please note that advice from any member of the Office of the Athlete Ombuds, including but not limited to information provided on this website, does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The Athlete Ombuds will offer neutral, independent advice to any athlete, and athletes should always seek legal counsel if they want specific legal advice or individual representation. See our homepage for our full disclaimer.