USA Judo Announces Cecil Bleiker as Communications Specialist

Dec. 11, 2019, 1:10 p.m. (ET)

Cecil BleikerUSA Judo today announced that Cecil Bleiker (Texline, Texas/Colorado Springs, Colo.) has agreed to serve as communications specialist for the organization and the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Judo Teams that will represent the United States of America next summer in Tokyo, Japan. Bleiker will be the primary point of contact for all local, national and international media in the lead-up, during and following the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

“We are very excited that highly respected veteran Olympic and Paralympic press officer and administrator Cecil Bleiker has agreed to come on board with USA Judo as our communications specialist,” USA Judo Chief Executive Officer Keith Bryant said. “Cecil has a long history of working with National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and helping athletes minimize distraction while maximizing exposure and opportunities that come with representing Team USA. Having worked with Cecil previously, I am confident that he will do a great job for USA Judo and our athletes. I am grateful to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee for its support in helping to fund this important role.”

Bleiker’s position with USA Judo is part of the Team USA Communications Support Program, a shared resource of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee communications division in which the USOPC helps to fund a part-time communications professional to support the NGB.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Bleiker is the founder and president of ABC Sport Management, LLC, a sport and event management company that provides long and short-term project management expertise, internationally recognized press operations and venue management to organizations and multi-sport games organizing committees, event production, strategically integrated communications and media relations consultation, as well as, branding, marketing and contract negotiation.

Prior to starting his own company, Bleiker was employed by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, where he served as NGB media services manager. In this position he developed the philosophy and the framework for what became the inaugural groundbreaking shared resources program between the USOPC and the NGBs. Bleiker has also gone on to work internationally with several multi-sport Games organizing committees, including serving as director of press operations for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and venue media manager at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea. He also served as a panelist for the International Olympic Committee’s new Press Attache Briefing at the last two Olympic Games. He has experience in working with the world’s top sport organizations, athletes, coaches, media, broadcasters, marketers, agencies and administrators, having served in capacities of increasing responsibility at 22 Games. Of these Games, he has worked 10 Olympic Games (1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 2016 and 2018), two Paralympic Games (2006 and 2016), four Pan American Games (1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015), two Parapan American Games (2007 and 2015), three Summer World University Games (2001, 2003 and 2005) and one Winter World University Games (2007).  During his time within Olympic and Paralympic sport, Bleiker has worked closely with several NGBs including USA Taekwondo, USA Volleyball, USA Archery, USA Badminton, USA Fencing, USA Pentathlon, USA Table Tennis, USA Team Handball and USA Weightlifting.

“I am very excited to join USA Judo as communications specialist,” Bleiker said. “Working with Olympic and Paralympic athletes as they strive to, and eventually compete, on sports’ biggest stage of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has provided some of the most satisfying moments of my professional career. I look forward to telling the USA Judo stories to the world and helping athletes manage their media opportunities on the road to Tokyo and beyond.”

For more information, please contact Cecil Bleiker, USA Judo Communications Specialist at +1-719-330-2062.