Simone Biles , McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols called on Congress to dissolve the board of directors of the United States 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 within Olympic sports.
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US Olympic gymnast Simone Biles testifies at Senate hearing on Inspector general report on the FBI 's handling of the Larry Nassar investigation on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, September 15, 2021, in Washington. (Graeme Jennings / Pool via AP)
" 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 address the endemic problems of abuse that athletes like us have faced and a continued refusal to pursue genuine and necessary reform of the failing Olympic system, "the letter read. , acc command to The Wall Street Journal .
The letter called on Congressional leadersto pass a resolution by Nov. 1 to dissolve the USOPC board of directors under the Olympians, Paralympians and Amateur Athletes Empowerment Act of 2020, according to Orange County Registry . Blumenthal and Moran were co-authors of the bill and gave Congress the means to dissolve the governing board.
Gymnasts said the board should be replaced by those who are prepared to "responsibly" investigate "sexual abuse within Olympic organizations, including the USOPC, and all efforts to cover it up." "
Simone Biles, McKayla U.S. gymnasts Maroney and Aly Raisman arrive for Senate court hearing on Inspector General The FBI Report into the FBI's Handling of the Larry Nassar Investigation on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, September 15, 2021 , Washington. (Graeme Jennings / Pool via AP)
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The four women testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, criticize Larry Nassar's handling of the investigation and alleged that the FBI "turned a blind eye " to abuse by the disgraced ex-doctor. The gymnasts called on the Ministry of Justice not to take action against their failed FBI members.
In the second part of the hearing, Inspector General Michael Horowitz and the Director of the FBI Chris Wary testified. Horowitz confirmed that as a result of his investigation, there were two FBI agents whose conduct has been returned for criminal investigation, but so far no prosecution has been initiated.
Wray a denied knowing why no casewas engaged, claiming it was "a decision of the Department of Justice, " while noting that he fired one of the officers.
US Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols arrive to testify at a Senate court hearing on the Inspector General's report on the FBI's treatment of the Larry Nassar investigation into gym sex abuseOlympic Games, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, September 15, 2021. (Saul Loeb / Pool via REUTERS)
The USOPC told the Wall Street Journal that he had "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 issues. . "
The USOPC added that its actions, including an investigation into the response to Nassar, cooperation with probes Congress and the overhaul of the American Center for Sports Safety, "have led to significant and widespread changes to prevent such wrongdoing from recurring.
Fox News ' Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.