USA Gymnastics CEO apologizes for Nassar's 'despicable crimes,' announces mediation

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Also testifying were U.S. Olympic Committee acting CEO Susanne Lyons, USA Gymnastics CEO Kerry Perry, USA Taekwondo executive director Steve McNally, USA Swimming CEO Tim Hinchey and U.S. Center for SafeSport CEO Shellie Pfohl.

At one point during the hearing, Rep. "The time to talk is over".

She said she was "appalled and sickened by the despicable crimes" of Nassar and said USA Gymnastics has taken a new course over the last five months to protect athletes.

The hearing before the House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce subcommittee follows allegations that officials ignored widespread sexual abuse of athletes by coaches and trainers. The panel, which has investigated issues as disparate as the opioid health crisis, mental health and nuclear waste, had spent several months gathering information about Nassar's abuse and that of coaches in other sports. We committed to doubling the Olympic Committee's funding for the Center for SafeSport, enabling it to hire more investigators and resolve cases more quickly, while also supporting its important efforts to educate athletes and deter abuse before it occurs. Lyons, who was named acting CEO of the USOC in March, conceded seven years was too long to get the center up and running. Lyons said the USOC was willing to fund more if the Center needs it. "We regret it did not open sooner". She told lawmakers that SafeSport's funding and staffing are insufficient.

The leader of USA Swimming also expressed regret during a congressional hearing for past sexual abuse scandals in the sport.

Perry will testify on Wednesday in a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, "Examining the Olympic Community's Ability to Protect Athletes from Sexual Abuse".

"It's my understanding that he did", Perry replied.

He asked whether McCabe would have had to undergo a background check, to which Perry, who assumed her position in December 2017, said: "I was not there. It appears there was still involvement that went on". "But a lot of people have been wanting to hear from you since you took the job".

While it isn't surprising that USA Gymnastics withheld concerns about Larry Nassar from its members - because it was all revealed in his subsequent trial and conviction - this is the first time that actual evidence had been offered as proof that the USA Gymnastics governing body was willing to help Nassar foist his deceptions upon the unsuspecting public.

Among those looking on in the hearing room was Jessica Howard, a former United States of America gymnastics national champion, who wrote in a victim-impact statement for the Nassar proceedings that the doctor began assaulting her when she was 15, leading to years of crippling anxiety.

"The staff has usurped that prestige for itself, they have wrapped themselves in the five rings instead of the athletes", she said. Ongoing investigations were propped up as progress, in exchange for concrete answers about who knew what, when.

Earlier this week, an ex-Olympic swimmer filed a lawsuit against USA Swimming, alleging top organization officials enabled the sexual abuse she endured at the hands of her longtime coach.

Perry was, perhaps, the most misleading of them all.



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