AAU pulls team from US Open

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AAU Boycott of USAT Open - Right or Wrong?

Poll closed Jan 22, 2006.
  1. Mr. Friello was right to pull the AAU team, since they wanted to kick him off the Board of USAT

    0 vote(s)
  2. He was wrong, the athletes should come first

    1 vote(s)
  3. They are both in the wrong and not thinking of the athletes

    3 vote(s)
  4. The US TKD scene will be better because of the split

    1 vote(s)
  5. What the heck is the AAU and/or the USAT

    13 vote(s)
  1. kwang gae

    kwang gae 광개 Sidekick Specialist

    Were you affected by the AAU pulling out of the USAT Open? Do you agree with Mike Friello's decision to boycott the event? Do you think it's all political posturing and BS on both sides? Vote in the poll.
  2. thaiboxer9

    thaiboxer9 Kungfu Boy

    Sounds like an interesting story, would anybody mind to tell us outsiders (non-USA) what happen?
  3. firecoins

    firecoins Armchair General

    there are those in the US who want to know as well. What happened?
  4. kwang gae

    kwang gae 광개 Sidekick Specialist

    I don't have a lot of information mysel, as I'm no longer involved in AAU. I did get a copy of a letter that Michael Friello, the National Sport Chairman of Taekwondo for AAU sent to "All Team Members", which I'll try to post on line later today.

    Here are some excerpts that tell his side of the story, I'm sure the USAT has a version that supports their side too.


    Ok, so far I'm with Friello, if the USAT and AAU have joined forces then they shouldn't schedule meets on top of each other. It's bad for the athletes, and that's what they're both supposed to be all about right?

    But later in his letter, and it seems to be the meat of the letter, the issue becomes political/personal.
    Still with me? Now we're getting to the good stuff

    He goes on to promise refunds to AAU athletes who've already registered for the US Open etc., etc.

    So, what do you think? :confused: Were the AAU and Mr. Friello right/wrong? Was the USAT right/wrong?
  5. ZenPixelTKD

    ZenPixelTKD not just a natural blonde

    Change the names, and it describes what is going on in Australia too...
    And probably everywhere else.
  6. Kwajman

    Kwajman Penguin in paradise....

    Both the USAT and the AAU are EXTREMELY political in nature. Its their way or the highway. They both want to control the US olympic team and exclude anyone who doesn't worship the ground they walk on instead of opening it up to ALL TKD players. The USAT changed its name when a scandal hit its original group the USTU to try to cut the strings from their old reputation. While there were/are good people in both organizations, theres enough stink there to warrant soem investigations by some sort of independent group before they make a mockery of TKD in the US.
  7. thaiboxer9

    thaiboxer9 Kungfu Boy

    Whom between those two has the larger members/followers?

    If USAT control the US Open, wouldn't that mean they can control who goes to the Olympic or not?? Wouldn't the participant at the US open chosen to represent in the Olympic??
  8. kwang gae

    kwang gae 광개 Sidekick Specialist

    Yes, the US Open determines the US TKD Olympic squad. We have an athlete going to Dallas to fight for a spot. :D

    To the other question, I don't know which is the larger, but I'd guess, (and it's only a guess) that the USAT is larger.

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