Index - Sports - Abused American gymnasts turn to Congress

Abused U.S. gymnasts are asking Congress to replace the leaders of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Commission (USOPC), the MTI reported.

Olympic champion Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, and world champion Maggie Nichols wrote a letter to Congress because they said the USOPC did not properly deal with sexual harassment by Larry Nassar. According to gymnasts, the committee’s past actions show that

they are unwilling to face harassment problems in the sport.

The USOPC responded that “the matters in the letter are issues that the USOPC has been dealing with for more than two years”. They added that they are “fully committed to the proper management of sexual harassment at all levels of the sport”.

Larry Nassar, a former physician for the U.S. gymnastics team, was sentenced to life in prison for molesting 265 teenagers and young women, including Olympic medalists, between 1998 and 2015.

However, the report was not made by the USOPC, but by one of the victims, McKayla Maroney, in September 2017. In January of the following year, all directors of the U.S. Gymnastics Association resigned over the scandal, and later the president of the USOPC also resigned.

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