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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Games Panel to Decide on Harding Next Week

LILLEHAMMER, Norway -- The U.S. Olympic Committee's Games Administrative Board will meet early next week to decide whether figure skater Tonya Harding can compete in the Winter Olympics, USOC sources said.


Although an official decision by the USOC about whether to have a disciplinary hearing has not been announced, one source said it was "97, 98, 99 percent" certain to happen.


"I don't know why we're playing games with you on that," said another source, adding that USOC officials were meeting into the early morning hours here Monday to set a date when all 13 members could attend.


As required by the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, Harding must be invited to appear at the hearing. A U.S. Figure Skating Association hearing panel reported Saturday in Colorado Springs that it found reasonable grounds to believe Harding was involved in either the plan to attack rival Nancy Kerrigan.


Within hours, the USOC set in motion the process that could end in Harding's removal if the Games Administrative Board decides that her actions violated the organization's code of conduct.