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USOC Decision

A U-S-O-C ethics committee says Ward should have handled the
situation differently and should have filed a written disclosure of
his brother's financial interest in the company.

There was no vote on whether Ward should keep his job, and
U-S-O-C vice president Bill Stapleton says the U-S-O-C now
considers the matter closed.

The U-S-O-C's executive committee called the special session to
determine whether to take action against Ward, who was accused of
steering Pan Am Games business to a company with ties to his
brother.

Ward maintains he did not violate the code of ethics by helping
Detroit-based Energy Management Technologies.

This is the second time Ward has come under scrutiny since
taking over as U-S-O-C chief in 2001. The first time was a
controversy over his membership in the men-only Augusta National
Golf Club.


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