Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols called on Congress to dissolve the board of directors of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC).
In a letter to the senses. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., And Jerry Moran, R-Kan., The four Olympic gymnasts wrote that the USOPC has ignored sexual abuse for decades and failed to take action to end it environment of abuse in Olympic sports. .
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“We make this request after years of patience, deliberation and unrequited commitment to learn from our suffering and make amateur sport safe for future generations. We believe that the Council’s past actions demonstrate a reluctance to face the challenges. endemic problems of abuse that athletes like us have faced and a continued refusal to pursue genuine and necessary reform of the broken Olympic system, “the letter read, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The letter called on congressional leaders to pass a resolution by November 1 to dissolve the USOPC board of directors under the 2020 Olympians, Paralympians and Amateur Athletes Empowerment Act, according to the letter. the Orange County Register. Blumenthal and Moran were co-authors of the bill and gave Congress the means to dissolve the board of directors.
The gymnasts said the board should be replaced by those willing to “responsibly” investigate “sexual abuse within Olympic organizations – including the USOPC – and all efforts to cover it up” .
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The four women testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, criticizing the handling of the Larry Nassar investigation and alleging that the FBI “turned a blind eye” to the abuse perpetrated by the disgraced former doctor. The gymnasts denounced the Justice Department for failing to take action against failed FBI members.
In the second part of the hearing, Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Chris Wary testified. Horowitz confirmed that as a result of his investigation there were two FBI agents whose conduct was referred for a criminal investigation, but so far no prosecution has resulted.
Wray denied knowing why no case had been initiated, saying it was “a decision of the Department of Justice”, while noting that he had fired one of the agents.
The USOPC told the Wall Street Journal that it has “a deep respect and empathy for survivors of abuse. The letter to Congress underscores their concern, and we recognize the bravery of the surviving athletes who continue to raise these concerns. problems”.
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The USOPC added that its actions, including an investigation into the Nassar response, cooperation with congressional probes, and the overhaul of the US Center for SafeSport, “have led to significant and widespread changes to prevent such acts. reprehensible do not happen again “.
Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.