US Olympic Committee defends dealing with of Nassar case

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Oct 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee has defended its dealing with of the Larry Nassar case after a number of prime gymnasts who suffered sexual abuse below the previous staff physician’s care despatched a letter to Congress calling for the USOPC board to be dissolved.

Olympic gold medallists Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, together with World Championships gold medallist Maggie Nichols, despatched the letter on Wednesday saying the “Board’s past actions demonstrate an unwillingness to confront endemic problems with abuse,” according to media reports.

The 4 had been among the many dozens of accusers who got here ahead towards Nassar, who was sentenced to as much as 175 years in jail in 2018 for sexually assaulting gymnasts entrusted to his care.

“The letter addressed to Congress underscores their concern, and we recognize the bravery of the athlete survivors who continue to bring these issues forward,” the USOPC stated in a written assertion offered to Reuters.

“The letter references issues that USOPC has been addressing for more than two years –- and the work we continue to do every day.”

The USOPC additionally stated it had “implemented the most sweeping governance reforms in nearly two decades” and was “fully committed to addressing sexual abuse at every level of sport”.

Gymnasts together with Biles, Maroney and Raisman appeared earlier than a Senate panel final month, the place they excoriated the FBI for failing to analyze the matter correctly. learn extra

The U.S. Justice Department launched a recent inquiry into the FBI’s botched dealing with of its investigation into Nassar earlier this month, after beforehand declining to prosecute the brokers concerned.

Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto, extra reporting by Amy Tennery in New York; Editing by Peter Rutherford

Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, stands in court during his sentencing hearing in the Eaton County Court in Charlotte, Michigan, U.S., February 5, 2018.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook