Olympic Committee gives USA Gymnastics board 6 days to resign

The US Olympic Committee's CEO has asked all members of the USA Gymnastics board of directors to resign, according to...

Posted: Jan 26, 2018 1:19 PM
Updated: Jan 26, 2018 1:19 PM

The US Olympic Committee's CEO has asked all members of the USA Gymnastics board of directors to resign, according to a letter obtained by CNN.

Scott Blackmun said USAG will lose its status as a sports governing body unless the board resigns by Wednesday and an interim board is in place by February 28.

Three top USA Gymnastics board members resigned earlier this week, but the Indianapolis-based governing body has 18 other board positions.

Blackmun's request comes in the wake of a scandal over sexual abuse by former national team doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison on Wednesday.

"We do not base these requirements on any knowledge that any individual USAG staff or board members had a role in fostering or obscuring Nassar's actions," Blackmun wrote. "Our position comes from a clear sense that USAG culture needs fundamental rebuilding."

Blackmun acknowledged the series of resignations and policy changes that USAG has experienced in recent months but he said it was not enough.

"USAG must build on them with a categorically fresh start at the board level," he wrote.

Along with the resignations, Blackmun outlined a series of additional steps required by the Olympic Committee, including:

-USAG has 12 months to replace the interim directors.

-USAG "must cooperate with an independent investigation" looking into whether anyone knew or should have known of abuse allegations against Nassar and did not report them.

-The board "must substantively discuss" progress and plans for continued implementation of the findings from a former prosecutor's lengthy report that highlighted an array of shortcomings by USA Gymnastics in combating abuse.

"Please understand that the circumstances that led to this crisis demand our attention and intervention," he wrote. "These steps are intended to help USAG create a culture that protects and supports its athletes in the way I know we all want to do."

In a statement Thursday night, USAG said it "completely embraces the requirements outlined" in Blackmun's letter and "appreciates the opportunity to work with the USOC to accomplish change for the betterment of our organization, our athletes and our clubs."

USA Gymnastics also said it understands "that the requirements imposed by the letter will help us enhance our ability to build a culture of empowerment throughout the organization, with an increased focus on athlete safety and well-being. Our commitment is uncompromising, and we hope everything we do makes this very clear."

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 36578

Reported Deaths: 2258
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion10188604
Lake3876207
Allen181071
Cass15919
Elkhart158528
St. Joseph135838
Hendricks120478
Hamilton119194
Johnson1125113
Madison60061
Porter56233
Clark53942
Bartholomew53139
LaPorte44824
Howard44236
Tippecanoe4344
Jackson4012
Delaware39741
Shelby39722
Hancock35427
Boone32436
Floyd31941
Vanderburgh2913
Morgan28626
Noble27821
Montgomery24917
Clinton2471
White2399
Decatur23132
Grant22923
Dubois2113
Kosciusko2052
Harrison19622
Marshall1872
Henry18512
Vigo1828
Greene17226
Dearborn17122
Monroe17113
Lawrence17124
Warrick16729
Miami1461
Putnam1427
Jennings1324
Orange13122
LaGrange1282
Scott1263
Franklin1168
Ripley1086
Daviess10416
Carroll952
Wayne906
Steuben902
Wabash812
Newton8010
Fayette797
Jasper741
Jay580
Clay533
Randolph523
Rush513
Fulton511
Washington501
Pulaski500
Jefferson491
Whitley453
DeKalb451
Starke423
Perry390
Huntington382
Sullivan371
Wells350
Owen341
Brown331
Benton320
Knox310
Blackford272
Tipton261
Crawford250
Adams231
Switzerland220
Spencer221
Fountain222
Gibson202
Parke180
Posey160
Martin140
Warren131
Ohio130
Vermillion100
Union100
Pike60
Unassigned0180
West Lafayette
Clear
65° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 65°
Kokomo
Clear
58° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 58°
Rensselaer
Clear
55° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 55°
Fowler
Clear
55° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 55°
Williamsport
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 68°
Crawfordsville
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 56°
Frankfort
Overcast
62° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 62°
Delphi
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 56°
Monticello
Clear
56° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 56°
Logansport
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 57°
Clear Skies Continue
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events