US gym­nas­tics chief quits af­ter Biles, Rais­man crit­i­cism

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - SPORT -

The newly ap­pointed head of USA Gym­nas­tics (USAG) re­signed just four days af­ter be­ing named to the job this week fol­low­ing sting­ing crit­i­cism of her ap­point­ment by Olympic stars Si­mone Biles and Alexan­dra Rais­man. For­mer Repub­li­can politi­cian Mary Bono, who had only been re­vealed as in­terim chief of the em­bat­tled gov­ern­ing body last week­end, said she was quit­ting over “per­sonal at­tacks” that made her po­si­tion un­ten­able. “It is with pro­found re­gret, cou­pled with a deep love for the sport of gym­nas­tics and re­spect for those who as­pire to be great gym­nasts, that I to­day ten­dered my res­ig­na­tion as the In­terim CEO of USA Gym­nas­tics,” Bono said in a state­ment. “My with­drawal comes in the wake of per­sonal at­tacks that left un­de­fended, would have made my lead­ing USAG a li­a­bil­ity for the or­gan­i­sa­tion.” Bono’s fu­ture in her new role had looked in­creas­ingly pre­car­i­ous af­ter crit­i­cism by both Biles and Rais­man fol­low­ing her ap­point­ment. The 56-year-old ex­ec­u­tive drew the ire of Olympic su­per­star Biles over a tweet posted by Bono last month in which she was crit­i­cal of ap­parel maker Nike fol­low­ing the com­pany’s ad cam­paign fea­tur­ing ex-na­tional Foot­ball League star Colin Kaeper­nick.

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