On Monday, the national Olympic committee in the United States announced that it was taking steps to revoke USA Gymnastic’s position as the national governing body (NGB) for the sport. U.S. Olympic Committee’s complaint about USA Gymnastics will effectively remove the group’s authority and revert control of the sport to the committee until further notice, according to The New York Times.
“This is a situation in which there are no perfect solutions,” USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland said in a statement. “Seeking to revoke recognition is not a conclusion that we have come to easily.”
Included in the announcement was an open letter addressed to gymnasts in the United States, credited to Hirshland. “You deserve better,” she wrote. She continued:
There is a process in place regarding how one NGB is discredited and another selected, Hirshland wrote in her statement. However, she underscored that no particular outcome is guaranteed.
“The clearest answer I can provide is that gymnastics as a sport will remain a bedrock for the Olympic community in the United States,” Hirshland wrote. “Young people will continue to participate, refine their techniques and have fun. Our Team USA athletes will continue to inspire us through their incredible accomplishments. We will ensure support for the Olympic hopefuls who may represent us in Tokyo in 2020.”
More to come…