US Olympic Committee seeks to revoke USA Gymnastics status as national governing body

US Olympic Committee seeks to revoke USA Gymnastics status as national governing body
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The U.S. Olympic Committee has filed a complaint against USA Gymnastics, initiating the first steps to removing the organization's recognition as a national body. 

"This is a situation in which there are no perfect solutions," USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland said in a statement released Monday. "Seeking to revoke recognition is not a conclusion that we have come to easily."

In an open letter to USAG, Hirshland wrote that the USOC believes "the challenges facing [USAG] are simply more than it is capable overcoming in its current form."

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"We have worked closely with the new USAG board over recent months to support them, but despite diligent effort, the NGB continues to struggle," the letter reads. "And that’s not fair to gymnasts around the country."

"Even weeks ago, I hoped there was a different way forward. But we now believe that is no longer possible."

USAG was the source of controversy for months, after hundreds of women came forward alleging that former team doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused them during medical examinations.

Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty to criminal sexual misconduct earlier this year. 

Separately, he was sentenced to 60 years after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

He was further charged in June with sexually assaulting minors in Walker County Texas.

Last month, the former President and CEO of USAG Steve Penny was arrested on charges that he tampered with evidence in the investigation into Nassar.

Penny is accused of ordering the removal of documents related to Nassar's conduct after learning that authorities were investigating a training center in Texas.

Penny stepped down from his position at USAG last year and in June declined to testify at a Senate subcommittee hearing about the sexual abuse of young Olympic athletes, invoking the Fifth Amendment.