The U.S. Olympic Committee is moving forward to revoke USA Gymnastics’ status as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, following the sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar and multiple botched attempts to reorganize. In an open letter to the gymnastics community, USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland stated that the USOC filed a complaint initiating a Section 8 proceeding against USA Gymnastics, releasing a statement that “You might be asking why now? The short answer is that we believe the challenges facing the organization are simply more than it is capable of overcoming in its current form. We have worked closely with the new USAG board over recent months to support them, but despite diligent effort, the NGB continues to struggle. And that’s not fair to gymnasts around the country. Even weeks ago, I hoped there was a different way forward. But we now believe that is no longer possible.”
Next steps will follow a process based on the USOC Bylaws that will see a review panel identified, a hearing held, a report issued and a recommendation made. Then the USOC board will vote to continue to recognize USAG, or to revoke that status, according to the announcement.