October 13 (Hfrance.fr) - The American Olympic and Paralympic Committee has defended its handling of the Larry Nassar case after several top gymnasts suffered sexual abuse under the direction of the former team doctor care sent a letter to Congress toCalling for the dissolution of the board of directors of the USOPC.
Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, along with world championship gold medalist Maggie Nichols, sent the letter Wednesday saying "past actions by the board demonstrate reluctance to address endemic issues of abuse according to media reports .
The four were among dozens of accusers who came forward against Nassar, who was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison in 2018 for assaulting sexually entrusted to her care.
"The letter to Congress underscores their concern, and we recognize the bravery of the surviving athletes who continue to raise these concerns. problems "said the USOPCin a written statement provided to Hfrance.fr.
"The letter refers to issues that the USOPC has been dealing with for over two years - and at work that we continue to do every day. "
The USOPC also said it has " implemented the most radical governance reforms since nearly two decades "and was " fully committed to tackling sexual abuse at all levels of sport ".
Gymnasts including Biles, Maroney and Raisman appeared before a Senate panel last month, where they lambasted the FBI for failing to properly investigate the case. learn more
The US Department of Justice has launched a new investigation into F BI's botched handling of its investigation into Nassar earlier this month, apre previously refusing to prosecute the agents involved. Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto, additional reporting by Amy Tennery in New York; Edited by Peter Rutherford
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