Olympic champions Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman and World champion Maggie Nichols referred to as on Wednesday for Congress to dissolve the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s board of administrators in a letter to Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas).
The 4 gymnasts requested a joint decision be handed by Nov. 1 below the Empowering Olympians and Paralympians and Amateur Athlete Act of 2020, which the 2 senators co-authored. The laws positioned extra legal responsibility on the committee and nationwide governing our bodies for sexual abuses by coaches, officers and workers. Additionally, it permits Congress to decertify the our bodies or dissolve the board.
All 4 are survivors of former USOPC and USA Gymnastics staff doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse.
“We believe it is time for Congress to exercise its authority over the organization it created by replacing the entire USOPC board with leadership willing and able to do what should have been done long ago: Responsibly investigate the systemic problem of sexual abuse within Olympic organizations — including the USOPC — and all efforts to conceal it,” the group wrote.
They recently testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on sexual abuse allegations against Nassar, who is currently serving a life sentence in prison after being convicted on sexual assault and child pornography charges. It served to investigate the FBI’s mishandling of sexual abuse allegations against Nassar.
“To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse,” Simone Biles stated in her testimony. “The scars of this horrific abuse proceed. The impression of this man’s abuse won’t ever be over.
“We have been failed and we deserve answers. It really feels like the FBI turned a blind eye to us.”
Per a July report, the Department of Justice concluded that the FBI confirmed “extremely poor judgement” within the dealing with of 2015 allegations, including that FBI brokers in Indianapolis made “materially false statements” throughout interviews with federal officers. The false statements had been reportedly made in an effort to “minimize errors made by the Indianapolis Field Office.”
The gymnasts wrote within the letter, “Since being conscious of Nassar’s abuse, the USOPC’s prime precedence has been to cover culpability and keep away from accountability.”