Harold Brooks was the organizer for the weekend event in Hebron.
Brooks says he received a telephone call Monday from an official at the USOC warning him to change the name of his event or face a lawsuit.
News 8 had a conversation Wednesday afternoon with the spokesman for the USOC. Mark Jones says that Congress granted the USOC the exclusive rights to the words Olympics and Olympiad as well as the Olympic theme and the 5-rings logo in 1978 because the committee is the only Olympic committee in the world that is not government-funded.
"Our sponsors and licensees pay a great deal of money to associate with the Olympic movement. It's not so we make money. It's to fund Team USA. Money raised by the granting of licensing rights to the world Olympics covers the costs of training and living expenses for Olympic athlete," Jones says.
Brooks says he was told the word "Olympics" is the property of the USOC. He says the word has been around for 8,000 years and he's referring to the old word.
I know there are three youth programs that use the term Olympics and have been for close to 30 years and nobody has said boo and then there is another organization that has been using the term Olympics for as long as I can remember and again the USOC has not said a thing. So why the big hub bub now? I have found three more just doing more research sitting here that use the word Olympics and I also found the International Olympic Committee website was only copyrighted in 2009, yet they have pictures of past and upcoming events and that the USOC website was copyrighted in 2011.
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