WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senators investigating sexual abuse in sports stated on Tuesday they have been involved about “potential systemic issues” involving abuse after written responses from the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics didn’t present vital new particulars about how they responded to accusations of abuse.
The Senate subcommittee is ready for responses from the nationwide governing our bodies of 53 different Olympic sports, from swimming to determine skating, to assist decide the extent of abuse.
The U.S. Senate opened its investigation on Jan. 25 after the primary sentencing listening to for Larry Nassar, the previous physician for USA Gymnastics’ nationwide crew who has pleaded responsible to molesting feminine athletes. Nassar was sentenced in January and February in two separate hearings to 40 to 175 years and 40 to 125 years in jail.
Senators Jerry Moran, a Republican, and Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, stated in a joint assertion that they needed to know if officers on the sport’s nationwide governing physique and the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) may have stopped Nassar’s abuse.
“After our initial review, we remain concerned about potential systemic issues within these institutions and plan to seek additional clarification,” the senators, who oversee the Senate’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, stated in the assertion.
USOC and USA Gymnastics didn’t reply to requests for remark about the senators’ remarks.
The senators shared copies of the written responses from the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, the place Nassar was additionally employed and handled younger athletes. The president and the athletic director of Michigan State University have resigned, and the college stated final week it could fireplace a dean who oversaw the school the place Nassar labored.
Around 200 ladies, together with Olympic gold medal-winning gymnasts Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber, gave searing courtroom statements on the sentencing hearings about Nassar’s abuse, resulting in the resignation of all the board of USA Gymnastics.
An early focus of the senators was a criticism by one gymnast that she was coerced into signing a non-disclosure settlement with USA Gymnastics after she complained about Nassar’s abuse.
Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington and Jonathan Allen in New York