Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 3, 1975 · Page 42
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August 3, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 42

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2D --August 3,1975 Sunday Casette-MaU C»ar*i*. ft*i1 VrfSUU* Peace in AAU-NCAA Feud Sought Conflict Visible Symptom WASHINGTON A P ) - Who cares about American superiority-or lack thereof--in luge? Who even knows what luge is? Michael Harrigan a former track athlete at the University of Pennsylvania, is finding out in his role as executive director of a federal commission that will attempt to solve feuds between amateur athletic organizations and assure that this country sends its best athletes to international events. Chief among them are the Olympics. The primary task of the President's Commission on Olympic Sports will be to end the long dispute between the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Amateur Athletic Union, which have been .waging a jurisdictional battle over control of amateur sports. But. according to Harrigan, the yearlong study, with a $569,000 budget, will delve into the organizational and develop- ·mental structures of all 33 amateur sports .played in the Olympic Games. Problems in All "I feel that the AAU-NCAA conflict is only the most visible symptom of the problem." said Harrigan. "There are problems in all the organizations running amateur athletics and the commission will try to find out what they are and make recommendations to solve them." The 22-member commission, which includes congressmen, former athletes, coaches, business executives and educators, will hold its first meeting Sept. 9-10 in Washington and will begin its hearings by talking with the U.S. Olympic Committee. "We're going to be asking them questions about their organization. Why is the USOC organized the way it is?" Harrigan said. He said the commission will also discuss rules of the International Olympic Committee and international federations and "how they affect the question of franchise overturn in this country. -We'll probably talk to them about planning for the 1976 games, any problem areas they've got or improvements they want to make." The USOC is a coalition of 212 organizations with voting control concentrated in 19 national sports federations. Of the 19, which control 28 Olympic sports, the AAU is the governing body for eight of the major sports such as swimming and track and field, in which this country traditionally excels. The NCAA dropped out of the USOC three years ago. The commission is to submit within five months of its first meeting a report an- aylzing the organization and operation of the USOC and other Olympicrelated amateur sports groups. "In other words, the way the various multisport organizations interrelate with one another, not at each sport level but how all these tiers of the Olympic Committee and all these tiers which de facto represent the organizations for amateur sports in America," said Harrigan. "We're delving deeply into that without touching specific sports." A second report within 12 months is to provide a sport-bysport analysis. Harrigan doesn't believe the commis- ,sion will have a direct affect on U.S. participation in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, but if its final report is published by ,then it could have an impact. : In Sharp Focus "The American people focus on these problems probably more readily 1 during · 'the Olympics or an Olympic year," he 'said. "If we recommend a franchise reorganization or overturn in one of the '.sports, the best time for that to happen-for the international federation to expel a current affiliate--is at the time of the Olympic games. "The timing will be such that we will have data to present both to the Congress and, hopefully, to the international bodies for them to see what we come up with. So chances of success in that sense are pretty good." A difficult part of the investigation will be the study of developmental requirements in each sport. "Is it lack of coaches?" Harrigan asked. "Is it a lack of interest in the sport? Should there be any interest in that sport and if so, how? Is it a lack of money? Is it a lack of facilities? Is it different for different sports? "Obviously, we all know there is a lack of facilities for luge, for example. We know there is not a lack of facilities for track and field. But in track and field, we know darn well that the hammer throw, for example, is something that hasn't been developed particularly well in this country." As for luge-French for sled--"You're talking about money." he said. "We are going to be looking at ways to get more money into amateur sports. There are any number of ways to do that.... "More corporate involvement, obviously, is one alternative. Government subsidies is a second alternative. Some kind of coin issuance is another alternative, which Montreal has done. I'm just rattling off alternatives now. I'm not advocating any one of these." Harrigan Said he wasn't citing luge as a major problem area but just one of the many the commission will be investigating. Modern Winter Sport Luge is a modern whiter sport that began in the Alpine regions of Europe during World 'War I. The one and two-man sleds are a more sophisticated version of the everyday sleds used by children. The sport is similar to bobsledding. with winding, downhill chutes used to speed contestants to the finish line. The sport was introduced to the Winter Olympics at Innsbruck. Anstria. in 1964. Olympics Mechanics In Doubt (C) 1975 N.Y. Time. Service MONTREAL -- Canda seems ready and willing to meet its commitment for next summer's Olympics.lt has yet to convince everyone that, at the moment, it is able to leave the starting blocks without wobbling. This weekend's pre-Olympic track and field meet at Kent Park demonstrated the sincerity and willingness of Canadian or ganizers to move in the right direction. But in a number of critically important areas involving technical skills and familiarization with the nuances of specific sports, the Canadians will need to sharpen up before next summer. A typical example of being over one's head occurred on opening night when one of the public address announcers at the track asked an official, "How many laps are there in the 400-meter hurdles?" On another occasion, the announcer, who is employed regularly at a local radio station, wondered which event was longer, the triple jump or a long jump. The failure of meet officials to provide any medical facilities at the track could have been catastrophic. Most injuries, however, were similar to the pulled hamstring muscle that forced Lynn Kolland, a Canadian sprinter, to return to the University of Montreal for medical attention. -The pre-Olympic competitions were established to test facilities and equipment and to familiarize games personnel with what to expect next summer. In most cases results were a secondary consideration, even among some athletes. In the men's 1500-meter run, for example, Emiel Puttemans of Belgium, the world record holder at 5,000, finished far back. fircstonc Km CAR a SERVICE Vfery Invrtart Protection at Very herBisive Prices! SHOCK ABSORBERS $1938 13 EACH INSTALLED! A gland- under your rar shuus urn thf »nrk »»· p e r f o r m . . .|uk'kly ami knunlitt^-ulily. At Fin-stunt-, »f'H in- ·*ljll tin- famous Mnnro- nulii'* h(K'kuli"JirlH i rni ynur car to lu-Ip il run MiiikotruT and last Inngrr. 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