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  • Media Watch: Critics Take Aim at USOC, USA Gymnastics


    12/12/18

    (ATR) The release of the Ropes & Gray report on the involvement of the USOC in the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal has fueled a new wave of criticism against both organizations.

    The report is an unforgiving account of the failure of the USOC as well as USA Gymnastics to act in a timely way against former team doctor Larry Nassar. His victims number into the hundreds, as does the prison time he faces.

    Eddie Pells of Associated Press takes a measured approach but nonetheless points out the hard yards ahead fixing both the USOC and the gymnastics NGB.

    Writing in the Colorado Springs Gazette, the hometown newspaper for the USOC, Woody Paige is calling for the entire USOC board to resign.

    Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post takes aim at the poor judgment she says was exercised by top executives at the USOC.

    Ex-USOC CEO Scott Blackmun at 2017 Olympic Assembly (ATR)
    Lindsay Gibbs, writing in thinkprogress.org, a news website backed by the progressive Center for American Progress Action Fund, calls for the dismantling of the USOC.

    Christine Brennan, writing for USA Today three days ago, applauds the initial response of the USOC to jettison sports performance chief Alan Ashley.

    What’s the future of USA Gymnastics in Indianapolis where the organization is headquartered? That’s a question posed in the the Indianapolis Star newspaper by reporters David Woods and Tim Evans. The newspaper was the first to break the news about the Nassar scandal in 2016, one year after USA Gymnastics and the USOC were informed of the allegations.

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