Four American gymnast stars asked Congress to dissolve the board of directors of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee on Wednesday over its handling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. wall street journal.
big picture: Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, MacKayla Maroney and Maggie Nichols in a letter to Sens Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) and Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) allege that the USOPC learned of Nassar’s abuse report in 2015 , around the time that USA Gymnastics took “no investigative action,” but As per OC Register.
why it matters: Gymnasts say some USOPC officials who were active in 2015 and 2016 “remain in positions of influence and power.”
- Scott Blackmun, then chief executive of the US Olympic Committee, eventually resigned in 2018 In the wake of the scandal, but according to the letter from the gymnasts, members who agreed to a generous severance package remain on the board.
Reference: Moran and Blumenthal previously co-authored legislation in response to the Nassar scandal to protect athletes from abuse at the US Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- The law, which is due to take effect at the end of October, Congress will allow According to the OC Register, national governing bodies such as USA Gymnastics, and the USOPC board to be dissolved.
of note: All four testified about the abuse in the US Senate last month, with four-time Olympic gold medalist Biles accusing the FBI and USA Gymnastics plus US Olympic officials of failing to prevent sexual abuse.
What are they saying: “We make this request after years of patience, deliberation, and a commitment to learn from our pain and make amateur sport safe for future generations,” the gymnasts wrote, according to the WSJ.
- “We believe that the Board’s past actions demonstrate a reluctance to address the local problems that athletes like us have faced and their refusal to pursue the true and necessary reform of the broken Olympic system.”