U.S. Olympic Committee seeks to shut down USA Gymnastics
USA Gymnastics has seen series of controversies in recent years
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-