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USA Swimming under more scrutiny

5/20/2010

NEW YORK -- The New York Times is reporting two swimming officials have filed a complaint with the United States Olympic Committee, saying USA Swimming denied them work because of their criticism of the organization.

The officials claim they were passed over for assignments after criticizing USA Swimming for not protecting its athletes from coaches who are sexual predators.

In an e-mail message Wednesday to The Times, Chuck Wielgus, the group's executive director, said it acknowledged the complaint filed by Michael Saltzstein and Ken Stopkotte, and "USA Swimming will be prepared to respond at the appropriate time and with the appropriate entity."

The heat on USA Swimming has been turned up in the wake of at least four lawsuits filed against the organization alleging improper contact between coaches and young athletes.