USA Gym body files for bank­ruptcy

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT -

USA Gym­nas­tics said on Wed­nes­day it had filed for bank­ruptcy pro­tec­tion as the em­bat­tled gov­ern­ing body con­tin­ues to grap­ple with the af­ter­math of the Larry Nas­sar abuse scan­dal.

“This fil­ing will en­able USA Gym­nas­tics to con­tinue to sup­port its ath­letes, to fully op­er­ate and meet its re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to the en­tire mem­ber­ship and to ex­pe­di­tiously re­solve the claims made by the sur­vivors of sex­ual abuse per­pe­trated by Larry Nas­sar,” the or­gan­i­sa­tion said in a state­ment.

“We owe it to the sur­vivors to re­solve, fully and fi­nally, claims based on the hor­rific acts of the past and, through this process, seek to ex­pe­dite res­o­lu­tion and help them move for­ward,” said Kathryn Car­son, re­cently elected as chair of the USA Gym­nas­tics Board of Di­rec­tors.

How­ever John Manly, an at­tor­ney who rep­re­sents many sur­vivors of Nas­sar’s crimes, chal­lenged the sug­ges­tion that USAG had sought bank­ruptcy to speed up res­o­lu­tion of cases.

“De­spite what USAG says, bank­ruptcy is not a method for re­solv­ing claims more quickly,” Manly said.

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