USA Swimming CEO Chuck Wielgus has apologized for the first time to victims of sexual abuse within the program.
The apology was written in a blog posted on the organization's web site. It comes more than four years after a much-criticized television interview in which Wielgus said he had no reason to apologize for the dozens of sexual abuse cases under his leadership.
Wielgus started his blog with two words: "I'm sorry."
While Wielgus says the organization has made great strides with its Safe Sport Program, he has continued to face criticism from those who say he should step down if the USA Swimming is going to make real progress to protect athletes
Most recently, he was forced to withdraw from this year's International Swimming Hall of Fame induction class.
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