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USOC hire White House help to provide help

May 26 - Ari Fleischer (pictured), a former White House spokesman for President George W. Bush, has been hired by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to provide high-level communications help.


He will become a communications consultant to the USOC after months of turmoil in its leadership ranks.


Fleischer is expected to advise the USOC on its communications strategy, rather than play a direct role in speaking for the organisation or on behalf of Chicago's Olympic bid.


He  will also help the USOC search for a successor to chief communications officer Darryl Seibel, who is leaving on June 1 to pursue a freelance career.


Fleischer, 48, was Bush's press spokesman between January 2001 and July 2003, including the 9/11 terrorist attack on the United States.


Today he offers high-level communications advice through his company Ari Fleischer Sports Communications and his clients, besides the USOC, include the NFL.


The USOC have recently undergone an unprecedented period of change with the highly-respected Jim Scherr stepping down as chief executive and being replaced on a temporary basis by Stephanie Streeter.


Some critics have claimed that the change such a short period before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is due to vote on which city will host the 2016 Games could damage Chicago's bid.


The IOC is due to make its decision at its Session in Copenhagen on October 2.


The otber bidding cities are Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. 

Related Stories:

March 2009: Scherr resigns as head of USOC
March 2009: Staff laid off at USOC in multi-million dollar cutbacks

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