Gymnastic chaos in the country after Larry Nassar scandal
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Simone Biles World Championship in Doha.
After having sexually exploited hundreds of gymnasts for several years, National Audience Assistant Larry Nassar criticized the American Gymnastics Federation several times.
Now the US Olympic Committee (USOC) wants federal power to be degraded.
"You deserve better," says USOC Sarah Hirshland of national gymnasts.
In January, a former national team doctor, Larry Nassar, was sentenced to 175 years in prison, as more than 160 women accused him of sexual abuse – including several of the United States golden teams in the 2012 and 2016 gold teams.
After Kerry Perry, the head of the US Gym Association, failed to effectively resolve the scandal, she left her post in September. Later in the month, her successor, Mary Bono, was forced to go.
The federation was criticized for how they carried out deferral of Nassar disclosure and that the misuse of a doctor could have lasted so long.
An open letter is written
Now the USOC has begun work to eliminate the National Federation of Fitness, because they have not been able to "change their culture, rebuild leadership and serve their members."
Sarah Hirshland, the president of the committee, wrote in a letter to the nation's gymnasts that they deserved better support in order to continue to succeed in sport.
"It's not an easy decision, but that's right. We believe the federation is not able to investigate and change itself. At first, we thought there was another way forward, but that's no longer possible," she writes according to the BBC.
"Today is just the beginning of important gymnastics in the United States. The road is not entirely clear, but our motives are.
The first gym that came up and said about Nasser's sexual assault. According to the BBC, she has called for "completely change the regime to get started right now."
She also says:
"Given hundreds of abusive children, it is now time for the union to dissolve and a new involvement of people involved in the safety of athletes has been created.