USA Swimming releases list of banned coaches

Updated: May 27, 2010, 09:25 AM IST

New York: Dozens of U.S. swimming coaches, including a former national team director, received life bans by the sport`s national body for a range of offences such as sexual misconduct, doping and fraud.

Responding to criticism after allegations of abuse were reported by U.S. media earlier this year, USA Swimming released a list this week of 46 people who have been either barred for life or resigned their membership over the last two decades.

The list included 36 people who were cited for breaching USA Swimming`s Code of Conduct rules for sexual misconduct or "other inappropriate sexually oriented behavior."

Among the names on the list was Everett Uchiyama, who resigned as national team director in 2006.

Two others were banned for fraud, another for illegal drugs or substances, two for unspecified felonies while the remaining five were for offences before the code of conduct was introduced.

USA Swimming had previously refused to name any individuals banned by their organization but relented after months of complaints and claims they were covering up sex-related cases.

Earlier this year, a U.S. television station broadcast a report on sexual misconduct cases in the sport that led USA Swimming to announce safeguards to protect children.

Bureau Report