Simon Biles, McKayla Maroney, Ally Raisman and Maggie Nichols have called on Congress to dissolve the USOPC’s board of directors.
In a letter to Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn, and Jerry Moran, Olympic gymnasts, the Olympic gymnasts write that the USOPC has ignored sexual abuse for decades and failed to take steps to end the abusive environment in Olympic sports. .
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“We make this request after years of patience, deliberation, and an unrequited commitment to learn from our suffering and make amateur sports safe for future generations. We believe that the Board’s previous actions demonstrate an unwillingness to confront the endemic problems of abuse that athletes like us have faced and a persistent refusal to pursue real and necessary reform. to the disrupted Olympic system,” the letter states, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The letter called on congressional leaders to pass a resolution by November 1 dissolving the USOPC board under the Athletes, Olympians, and Amateur Athletes Empowerment Act of 2020, according to the Orange County Register. Blumenthal and Moran are the co-authors of the bill and gave Congress ways to dissolve the board.
The gymnasts said the plank should be replaced with those willing to “responsibly” investigate “sexual abuse within Olympic organizations – including the USOPC – and all efforts to conceal it.”
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The four women testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, criticizing the handling of the Larry Nassar investigation and claiming that the FBI “turned a blind eye” to abuses by the disgraced former doctor. The gymnasts called on the Department of Justice not to take action against members of the FBI who failed them.
In the second part of the hearing, Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Chris Warry testified. Horowitz asserted that as a result of his investigations, there were two FBI agents whose behavior was referred to a criminal investigation, but to date no prosecutions have taken place as a result.
Ray denied knowing the reasons for not filing cases, saying that this was a “decision of the Ministry of Justice,” noting that he had fired one of the clients.
The USOPC told the Wall Street Journal that it “deeply respects and sympathizes with survivors of abuse. The letter to Congress underscores their concern, and we recognize the courage of sports survivors who continue to bring these issues forward.”
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The USOPC added that its actions, including the investigation into Nassar’s response, cooperation with congressional investigations and the reform of the US Safe Sports Center, “led to large-scale, wide-ranging changes to prevent such heinous acts from happening again.”
Fox News’ Ron Pletzer contributed to this report.