US Olympic Committee defends handling of Nassar case

NEW YORK: The U.S.Olympic and Paralympic Committee has defended it’s handling of the Larry Nassar case after several top gymnasts who suffered sexual abuse under the former team doctor’s care sent a letter to Congress calling for the USOPC board to be dissolved.

On Wednesday a letter has been sent by Olympic gold medallists Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, along with World Championships gold medalist Maggie Nicholas saying “Board’s past actions demonstrate an unwillingness to confront endemic problems with abuse.” The four were among the dozens of accusers who came forward against Nassar, who was sentenced to upto 175 years in prison in 2018 for sexually assaulting gymnasts entrusted to his care.

Last month, gymnasts including Biles, Maroney and Raisman appeared before a Senate panel where they excoriated the FBI for failing to investigate the matter properly. Therefore, the U.S. Justice Department launched a fresh inquiry into the FBI’s botched handling of it’s investigation into Nassar earlier this month, after previously declining to prosecute the agents involved.

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