Attorney to lead USOC's safe training initiative

The U.S. Olympic Committee has hired an attorney to oversee its efforts to ensure safe training environments for Olympic athletes.

Malia Arrington was hired as director of ethics and safe sport Wednesday, a position created at the recommendation of a USOC panel led by board member Nina Kemppel.

The panel called for the USOC to take a "leadership" role in standardizing rules for all the Olympic-sport orgnizations as they try to eliminate sexual and physical misconduct in their coaching ranks.

In the past year, USA Swimming has been hit by a number of sex-abuse allegations by coaches.

Arrington also will manage the USOC's internal ethics program.

(This version CORRECTS first name to Malia.)