Former US chief files lawsuit

Thu, 21 Oct 00:00:00 2010

Former USA Track and Field chief executive Doug Logan has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the governing body, five weeks after being sacked from the post.

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Logan's contract ran through 2013, and his ouster could result in a settlement approaching $1 million.

"USATF looks forward to the resolution of the lawsuit, which we vigorously will defend against," USATF president and chairman Stephanie Hightower said in a statement.

"The filing of this suit and its ultimate resolution will not affect USATF and how we serve the sport.

"Although we cannot speak to the specifics of pending litigation, we can assure you that USATF is open for business and more committed than ever to achieving our strategic goals and serving all our constituents."

Logan, a former Major League Soccer commissioner, became chief executive just before the 2008 Olympics and set in motion a major review of USATF after the US athletics team's poor showing in Beijing.

The study resulted in sweeping proposals for change, not all of which were greeted favourably by athletes and long-time members of the organisation.

The decision to oust him came at a meeting in Las Vegas in September, although no specific reasons were given for his sacking.


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