US Olympic Committee wants to remove governing rights of USA Gymnastics
The US Olympic Committee (USOC) has lost faith in the USA Gymnastics (USAG) organization. Following a large sexual abuse scandal within the organization that rocked the gymnastics world, the USOC feels that it's time to make some changes and is petitioning for the USAG to lose its recognition as a national governing body.
The USOC is looking to have the USAG disbanded completely, but an alternative has not yet been suggested. USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland said, "This is a situation in which there are no perfect solutions. Seeking to revoke recognition is not a conclusion that we have come too easily. In the short-term, we have to work to ensure that USAG gymnasts have the support necessary to excel on and off the field of play."
The USAG has been reeling from widespread sexual misconduct allegations that led to the arrest and subsequent imprisonment of its former team doctor, Larry Nassar. Since then, there have been a number of high-profile movements that have shown instability in the organization.
In describing the next move following the request for the USAG to be dissolved, Hirshland stated, "A review panel will be identified, a hearing will be held, a report will be issued and a recommendation will be made. Then the USOC board will vote to continue to recognize USAG, or to revoke that status."
She added, "Young people will continue to participate, refine their techniques and have fun. Our Team USA athletes will continue to inspire us through their incredible accomplishments. We will ensure support for the Olympic hopefuls who may represent us in Tokyo in 2020."