Four Olympic and world champion gymnasts on Wednesday formally asked Congress to dissolve the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s board of directors, saying the organization ignored decades of sexual abuse and abuse within the US Olympic Games. Failed to take necessary steps to eliminate the culture.
In a letter to Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) and Sen. Jerry Moran, (R-Kansas), Olympic champions Simone Biles, MacKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman and world champion Maggie Nichols call on Congress to pass a joint resolution on Nov. did. 1 to dissolve the USOPC board under the Landmark Empowering Olympian and Paralympian and Amateur Athletes Act 2020.
Blumenthal and Moran co-authored legislation that places greater legal liability for sexual abuse by coaches, officers, and employees on the USOPC and national governing bodies, and provides mechanisms for Congress to dissolve the USOPC’s board of directors. NGB
“We believe it is time for Congress to exercise its authority over the organization set out to replace the entire USOPC board with what should have been done a long time ago: responsibly investigating the systemic problem of sexual abuse within Olympic organizations. Do it — including the USOPC — and make all efforts to cover it up,” the four women, all sexual abuse survivors of former USOPC and USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, wrote in a letter to Blumenthal and Moran.
The letter comes in anticipation of action in the Senate to take steps to put the USOPC board under more scrutiny and even dissolve the board altogether. The letter also follows testimony by four women before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month.
Nichols testified during the hearing, “In relinquishing my childhood for the chance to compete for the United States of America, I am haunted by the fact that even after reporting my abuse, so many women and girls have been killed by Larry.” suffered at the hands of Nassar.” It focused on the FBI’s operation and covering up several allegations that Nassar sexually abused US Olympic and national team gymnasts under the guise of medical treatment for years.
The USOPC was also heavily criticized by both athletes and Senate members during the hearing.
In June 2015, Nichols became the first US national team member to report abuse allegations against Nassar to USA Gymnastics. Soon after, top USOPC officials, including then-CEO Scott Blackmun, were made aware of the allegations, but did not take any action. The USOPC board did not call to investigate the Nassar case until February 2018.
“The USOPC’s top priority since becoming aware of Nassar’s abuse has been to hide blame and avoid accountability,” the women wrote in the letter.
USOPC did not respond to a request for comment.
“We believe the Board’s past actions reflect a reluctance to address the local problems that athletes like us have faced and to pursue the true and necessary reform of the broken Olympic system,” the letter said. denied.”