Statement from USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland on the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Empowering Olympic, Paralympic and Amateur Athletes Act of 2020:

“We would like to thank Chairman Moran and Senator Blumenthal for their work in drafting and advancing this important legislation. It will cement increases in athlete representation in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements, improvements in athlete safety protections, and increases in transparency and accountability in our system. The USOPC board recently approved the second phase of the most sweeping governance reforms in recent history. Building on that commitment and this legislation, we will move rapidly to implement reforms to address any outstanding provisions from this bill.

We also want to thank Senator Gardner and Representative DeGette who worked to create the Congressional Commission to review Olympic and Paralympic sport in the U.S. that is included in the Empowering Olympic and Amateur Athletes Act. Reviewing how U.S. Olympic and Paralympic sport is best positioned for success in the future is necessary and timely, and we look forward to collaborating with the Commission."