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USATF to reorganize, reduce number on board of directors

EUGENE, Ore. -- USA Track & Field has told the U.S. Olympic Committee it plans "a significant reduction" in the size of its board of directors.

The USOC had set a Tuesday deadline for USATF to submit a reorganization plan or face penalties ranging from a cutoff of funds to decertification of the federation as the official representative of track and field in the United States.

The proposal to reduce the size of the 32-member board was part of a broad outline for reorganization submitted to the USOC, USATF spokeswoman Jill Geer said.

"The plan directly incorporates the USOC's earlier directives and is intended to comply with the spirit and specifics of the USOC's priorities," she said.

She declined to get into specifics pending ongoing talks with the USOC.

The USOC had grown impatient with the track federation's lack of progress in streamlining what it considers a bloated, inefficient governing operation. Last month, USOC chief executive officer Jim Scherr sent a letter to USATF president Bill Roe setting a deadline for action.

The Olympic committee also criticized the board for being too involved in the day-to-day operation of the track federation, especially in the activities of the USATF chief executive officer.

That position remains vacant following the resignation of Craig Masback in January. Roe is serving as acting CEO.

The USOC wants a detailed reform plan to be submitted to the USATF convention in December.