Gymnastic champions Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman joined forces to strain Congress to terminate the U.S. Olympics & Paralympic Committee’s board after it allegedly failed to defend them from longtime group physician Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse, as The Wall Street Journal reviews. Nassar abused an estimated 300 younger athletes underneath the guise of medical remedy and was sentenced to 100 years in jail in 2018.
The elite gymnasts despatched a letter to Congress on Wednesday calling for the dissolution of the USOPC board.
“We make this request after years of patience, deliberation, and unrequited commitment to learn from our suffering and make amateur sports safe for future generations,” the gymnasts wrote. “We believe the Board’s past actions demonstrate an unwillingness to confront the endemic problems with abuse that athletes like us have faced and a continued refusal to pursue true and necessary reform of the broken Olympic system.”
They added that USOPC “took no investigative action after learning that Nassar was an abuser.”
The gymnasts stated that a number of the USOPC officers that have been in place in 2015-16, once they say USOPC first heard of the allegations, are nonetheless in positions of energy.
They appealed to Congress to change the 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.”
Last month, Biles, Maroney, Nichols and Raisman testified earlier than Congress about how the FBI mishandled its investigation into abuse allegations in opposition to Nassar.