U.S. Olympic Com­mit­tee seeks to shut down USA Gym­nas­tics

USA Gym­nas­tics has seen se­ries of con­tro­ver­sies in re­cent years

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - SPORTS - By David Whar­ton Los An­ge­les Times (TNS)

Days af­ter Amer­i­can gym­nast Si­mone Biles con­cluded a his­toric per­for­mance at the world cham­pi­onships, the U.S. Olympic Com­mit­tee an­nounced it will seek to ban­ish the na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion that over­sees her sport.

The dras­tic move in­volves the USOC fil­ing a com­plaint to re­voke USA Gym­nas­tics’ sta­tus as a na­tional gov­ern­ing body, ini­ti­at­ing a po­ten­tially long ad­ju­di­ca­tion process.

If the re­vo­ca­tion is suc­cess­ful, an en­tirely new or­ga­ni­za­tion might have to be cre­ated to run Amer­i­can gym­nas­tics.

“You might be ask­ing why now?” USOC Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Sarah Hir­sh­land wrote in an open let­ter Mon­day. “The short an­swer is that we be­lieve the chal­lenges fac­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion are sim­ply more than it is ca­pa­ble of over­com­ing in its cur­rent form.”

USA Gym­nas­tics has suf­fered through a se­ries of con­tro­ver­sies in re­cent years, fore­most among them a sex­ual abuse scan­dal that saw dis­graced sports doc­tor Larry Nas­sar mo­lest hun­dreds of young ath­letes un­der the guise of pro­vid­ing med­i­cal treat­ment.

More re­cently, the or­ga­ni­za­tion suf­fered through re­peated mis­steps as it strug­gled to re­place for­mer Pres­i­dent Steve Penny, who was ar­rested last month for al­legedly tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence in the Nas­sar case.

Nu­mer­ous gym­nasts have filed law­suits against both USA Gym­nas­tics and the USOC.

“This is a sit­u­a­tion in which there are no per­fect so­lu­tions,” Hir­sh­land said. “Seek­ing to re­voke recogni-

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