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US Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun Steps Down Following Larry Nassar Case

04 March, 2018, 03:54 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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MacKay Moore then testified that once her younger brother realized "what a monster" Nassar was, she "watched him frantically search the Internet, trying to find some proof that the chi in his shoulder is somehow connected to his genitals". We must have the tools, personnel and resources to detect abuses and respond swiftly and decisively to stop them.

The 18-year-old athlete joined his sister Kamerin MacKay Moore as a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit originally filed by Rachael Denhollander, a former gymnast who in 2016 was the first person to publicly accuse Nassar of abuse. With the guidance of experts, athletes and others, we created new standards, training and procedures that are now required for all our affiliated sport bodies.

It's also an incident that showed the limitations of the Olympic Committee in policing its 47 national governing bodies that oversee individual sports, including 20 in Colorado Springs. The Center is an independent entity exclusively responsible for handling the reporting and investigations of alleged sexual abuse. "I've represented the U.S.in two Olympics, and both USAG and the USOC have been quick to capitalize on my success", said gold medalist Aly Raisman during Nassar's sentencing hearing.

An Indianapolis Star investigation of USA Gymnastics, begun in 2016, uncovered widespread sexual abuse of athletes and failures to alert authorities by coaches and others. We are taking immediate actions based on what we already know.

'Good to see overdue changes being made at the US Olympic Committee. The few outstanding audit items are expected to be cleared in coming weeks.

Earlier this month Sentaors Jeanne Shaheen and Joni Ernst called on Blackmun to step down after the Wall Street Journal reported that in 2015, Blackum was informed by a former USA Gymnastics chief executive of sexual assault allegations against Nassar.


The USOC also said on Wednesday it would increase funding for support and counselling for victims as well as investigations into abuse allegations, among other reforms.

There is mounting evidence that the USOC was presented with evidence of sexual abuse years before the public first learned about Nassar - and evidence they chose to ignore the warnings.

Blackmun has worked for the USOC for eight years and was part of several bids by the United States to try and bring the Olympics back on American soil.

We are launching a review of the relationship between the USOC and NGBs as now defined in legislation - the Ted Stevens Amateur Sports Act - and will seek input from safe sport advocacy groups, the NGB Council, the Athletes' Advisory Council, current athletes and policymakers to consider clarifications and changes.

"The USOC can either position itself as a leader in the protection of young athletes or it can wait until it is forced to deal with the problem under much more hard circumstances", wrote USA Gymnastics CEO Bob Colarossi in an eerily prescient 1999 letter to officials at the USOC. The Lansing State Journal, part of the USA TODAY Network, reported past year that more than a half dozen women or girls raised concerns about Nassar's actions to coaches, trainers, police or university officials between 1997 and 2015.

The USOC said it would double its "funding of the Center for SafeSport to enable it to hire more investigators and staff... ensuring that athletes have a stronger voice... With Blackmun now gone, it is imperative that the USOC put someone in charge who places the safety and welfare of athletes as its top priority".

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