Prompted by a rash of sexual abuse allegations against some of its coaches, USA Swimming announced a new plan Wednesday to address the problem.
The organization has been the subject of several lawsuits, including one filed Monday in Jackson County, accusing it of failing to protect young swimmers.
The seven-point plan will be implemented immediately, said Chuck Wielgus, executive director of the Colorado-based organization.
"As leaders of our sport in this nation, we have a responsibility to help create a safe and positive environment for children and young adults who are our members," Wielgus wrote in a letter to USA Swimming members.
USA Swimming has more than 300,000 members and has experienced rapid growth over the past decade.
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