USOC planning to strip USA Gymnastics of status

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The United States Olympic Committee is planning to strip USA Gymnastics (USAG) of its status as a national governing body.

USOC wants to do this aftermath of saying in very clear terms without even mincing words that “athletes deserve better”.

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In January, ex-USAG team doctor, Larry Nassar landed the sentence of more than 300 years in jail for abusing gymnasts.

His victims are inclusive of the 2016 duo of gold medallists such as Aly Raisman and Simone Biles.

Biles has also laid lots of criticism on the 56-year-old Mary Bono for tweeting apparent opposition to sportswear outlet, Nike.

And that is for the sportswear manufacturing company making NFL star, Colin Kaepernick the face of its new advertising campaign.

Back in the year 2016, Kaepernick made a strong protest against racial injustice by kneeling during the US national anthem.

It has now become a gesture which has proved divisive in the country while drawing criticism from President Donald Trump.

However, Raisman has made a disclosure that it was the former congresswoman’s role at Faegre Baker Daniels which seriously troubled her.

In a series of tweets, she pointed out how lawyers at the firm, though not Bono did some ignoble things.

She also said that sport administrators had been aware of abuse allegations against Nassar back then in the year 2015.

Biles has hit out so much on Bono’s tweet which the latter has now gone ahead to delete.

Bono has quit the scene in the wake of numerous criticism from the pair of Biles and Raisman.

The interim boss of USA Gymnastics has tendered her resignation after her appointment met question-marks from the two Olympic champions.

“Today is only the beginning” – Hirshland

While explaining the decision to begin proceedings, United States Olympic Committee chief executive, Sarah Hirshland has written an open letter.

And that is to “gymnasts and the gymnastics community as a whole in the United States of America”.

It read: “Seeking to revoke recognition is not a decision that we have come to easily.

“But I believe it is the right action.

“We believe the challenges facing the organization are simply more than it is capable of overcoming in its current form.

“Even weeks ago, I hoped there was a different way forward but we now believe that is no longer possible.

“Today is only the beginning of an important process for gymnastics in the United States.

“The path is not crystal clear but our motives are, we move forward in commitment to ensuring a good structure.

“That is the type of organization which each gymnast and the coaches, trainers and club owners who support them deserves.” She summed up.

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