US Olympic Committee to revoke USA Gymnastics’ status as a national governing body
United States Olympic Committee have decided to begin proceedings in stripping USA Gymnastics of its recognition as a national governing body. This comes after the organisation has failed to recover from the Larry Nasser sex abuse scandal in 2015 where 160 women accused the team doctor of sexual abuse.
Subsequently, USAG Chief Executive Kerry Perry resigned in September after criticism on her handling of the situation. Later Mary Bono who previously worked for the law firm which defended Nassar, was appointed interim Chief Executive. She also stepped down after victims spoke out on their disappointment towards Bono’s new position.
US Olympic Committee Chief executive Sarah Hirshland wrote, "We believe the challenges facing the organisation are simply more than it is capable of overcoming in its current form.” The decision to begin a new organisation is dedicated and committed to athlete safety and ensuring that athletes, coaches, and anyone who supports them gets the type of organisation they deserve.