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U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee Announces Five New Affiliate Organizations Council Members


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee today announced five new members to its USOPC Affiliate Organizations Council. The newly admitted members, whose active status begins effective immediately, are: United States Muaythai Federation, USA Cricket, USA Federation for Sport Cheering, USA Kickboxing and USA Lacrosse.


“We are excited to welcome these organizations to the USOPC Affiliate Organizations Council,” said Bob Meserve, AOC chair. “Through a thorough review of applications, the nominating committee determined these organizations are making outstanding efforts toward increasing interest and programming opportunities in their respective sports. We look forward to partnering with these organizations to further support the Olympic and Paralympic movements.”


Previously known as the Multi-Sport Organization Council, the AOC is a partnership between the USOPC and nearly 40 community-based, military, adaptive, education-based and recognized sport organizations. The council is comprised of one representative from each affiliate organization. 


The AOC’s mission is to support the Olympic and Paralympic movements by increasing interest in and national programming for sports participation through partnerships and collaboration. Its members promote cooperation and communication between the AOC and the Olympic and Paralympic communities by sharing best practices, strategies and information to continuously improve the quality of their services and operations.


The five new members will join the Recognized Sport Organizations category of the AOC. The RSO category is comprised of national organizations that administer a sport not currently on the Olympic or Paralympic program. These organizations are required to have an affiliation with an international federation that is recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The five new RSOs will join current members Orienteering USA, the Underwater Society of America, USA Dance, USA Football, USA Ultimate and the United States Polo Association.


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