USOC Board of Directors lifts USA Taekwondo probation

Oct. 11, 2013, 6:17 p.m. (ET)

USA Taekwondo announced Oct. 11 that the U.S. Olympic Committee Board of Directors has cleared the National Governing Body of its probationary standing, returning the organization to its full National Governing Body status.

“This is a very exciting day for our sport,” said USA Taekwondo CEO Bruce Harris. “This decision speaks volumes about the progress that this organization, under a new Board of Directors, has made. We are relieved and thankful that the USOC has shown confidence in our abilities to continue in a positive direction, and we look forward to many productive years to come.”

USA Taekwondo comes off of probation after being cited for “not meeting its National Governing Body (“NGB”) requirements and obligations as set forth in the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act (the “Act”) and the USOC Bylaws” in a Section 10 Complaint.

Following multiple probation extensions, the USOC Hearing Panel and Board of Directors agreed that the USA Taekwondo governance, Bylaws and financial issues were satisfactory and in compliance with USOC regulations. The decision came at the USOC Board of Directors meeting, which coincided with the annual U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“I would like to commend our Board of Directors, staff, membership, referees and all who helped get us through this difficult period,” Harris said. “This is a defining moment for USA Taekwondo and it marks a new beginning for our sport in the United States.”

Read the USOC Hearing Panel's final report and recommendation here.