Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols known as on Congress to dissolve the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s (USOPC) board of administrators.
In a letter to Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., the 4 Olympic gymnasts wrote the USOPC ignored sexual abuse for many years and failed to take the steps to finish the setting of abuse inside Olympic sports.
“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. 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,” the letter learn, in accordance to The Wall Street Journal.
The letter known as on congressional leaders to go a decision by Nov. 1 to dissolve the USOPC board below the Empowering Olympians and Paralympians and Amateur Athlete Act of 2020, in accordance to the Orange County Register. Blumenthal and Moran had been the co-authors of the invoice and gave Congress methods to dissolve the board of administrators.
The gymnasts mentioned the board must be changed by those that are keen to “responsibly” examine “sexual abuse within Olympic organizations—including the USOPC—and all efforts to conceal it.”
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The 4 girls testified in entrance of the Senate Judiciary Committee final month, slamming the dealing with of the Larry Nassar investigation and alleged the FBI “turned a blind eye” to the abuses perpetrated by the disgraced former physician. The gymnasts known as out the Department of Justice for not taking motion towards the members of the FBI who failed them.
In the second portion of the listening to, Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Chris Wary testified. Horowitz confirmed that because of his investigation, there have been two FBI brokers whose conduct was referred for a legal investigation, however up to now no prosecutions have resulted from this.
Wray denied having data as to why no circumstances have been introduced, saying this was “a decision by the Justice Department,” whereas noting that he fired one of many brokers.
The USOPC advised The Wall Street Journal it had “deep respect and empathy for the survivors of abuse. 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 added that its actions, together with an investigation into the response to Nassar, cooperating with congressional probes and overhauling the U.S. Center for SafeSport, “led to significant widespread changes to prevent such reprehensible acts from ever occurring again.”
Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.
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