Good news for the Hope Solo camp. The erstwhile American national soccer team (women) goalkeeper has finally been able to claim a triumph in her case against the USSF. After months of fights, rejections and struggles, an independent panel of 3 arbitrators has given the ruling that American soccer has had violated Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act. According to the ruling, the USSF has had perpetuated unjust behavior to players.
Solo is naturally elated with her recent win in the court of justice. She has dubbed the victory as a “massive 1st step” in marking US Soccer responsible for unethical behavior and making it accountable for protection of athletes’ rights. Unfair treatment is plain gross for any game, be it football or indoor games like DominoQQ.
One of the most revered athletes of American women soccer, Solo has won as many as 202 caps on part of the USWNT (US Women’s National Team). She had filed a case against the USSF with USOC last January accusing US Soccer of violating federal law as per Ted Stevens Act.
“USSF has failed to honor its responsibilities towards Women’s National Soccer Team. It has also failed to protect equality of athletes and has not taken adequate steps to preserve equality especially for paralymic, deaf athletes as well as others who do not have same opportunities as elite players.”
However, initially USOC had dismissed Solo’s case, citing she had to file her complaint with the US Soccer.
“Their (USOC) dismissal of the complaint did not make any sense. The organization is bound by law to protect athletes’ rights but it chose to take a different approach altogether. I had to file for an arbitration demand with the AAA. The AAA panel has now made it mandatory for USOC to listen to my complaint and act accordingly. I am hopeful the USSF will finally pay some attention and change its attitude for better.”