USAT CEO David Askinas Steps Down
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USAT CEO David Askinas has stepped down due to several reasons, including financial and organizational problems and the recently declining USA Team competition results.
Mr. Askinas has left his duties as CEO and will remain as a consultant through the 2012 London Olympics, as informed through the official USAT website.
USAT did not specify whether David Askinas resigned or was fired. However, according to someone from the organization, it was the USOC that requested the resignation after pointing out the problems related to his management.
Mr. Askinas will stay on the USAT board and will serve as a consultant, but will not take care of daily operations.
It is known that one of the crucial reasons for his resignation was the bad results the USA Team has shown in the recent international competitions, such as the World Taekwondo Championships in Gyeongju in May and the World Qualification Tournament in June, in which not even one athlete was able to qualify for the London Olympics.
Through the USAT website, ex-CEO Mr. Askinas stated "I am proud of the progress we have made with USA Taekwondo and I look forward to continuing to help the organization over the next year while I embark on some exciting new opportunities".
A replacement for Mr. Askinas has not been confirmed yet, but it seems that Kevin Padilla will take the position temporarily until a successor is appointed.
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