Athlete Advisory Council Statement

June 07, 2019, 6:11 p.m. (ET)

Dear USA Badminton (USAB) Athletes,

We here at the USAB Athlete Advisory Council (AAC) wanted to let our athletes know that we are aware of the concerns athletes have had about what decertification of USAB would have on current competing athletes, and we have received this information from Kacie Wallace, Athlete Ombudsman on behalf of the USOC:

“The USOC will make sure the athletes are aware of the supports that will be put in place in the event of any changes with the National Governing Body’s (NGB) status. Athletes should feel reassured that whether administered or facilitated by the NGB or the USOC, the USOC would make every effort to ensure athlete support already in place and training/competition opportunities would remain as is. The goal of any process to hold an NGB accountable to standards is to ensure that athletes are supported, and that will continue regardless of the status of the NGB.”

As many of you may already be aware of, there has been a lot of press and on going changes within USAB, it’s staff and the USAB Board of Directors.

The USAB AAC will continue to be been in contact with the USOC regarding the ongoing status of USAB and will update athletes as the process continues.

If any athletes have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of us on the USAB AAC.

Sincerely,

 

The USAB AAC,

Kyle Emerick - Chair of USAB AAC / USAB Athlete Board Director

Rena Wang - USOC Athlete Representative / USAB Board Athlete Board Director

Amy Burnett - USAB AAC Para Athlete Representative/ USAB Athlete Board Director

Howard Shu - USOC Alternate Athlete Representative

Daphne Ng - USAB AAC

Philip Chew - USAB AAC