OC Revokes Gymnastics Governing Rights

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  1. jjefferies

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    Don't know if this belongs in the Water Cooler or here or if it's timely. But for those who've wondered about the impact of "Safe Sports" etc. From the NY Times:
    Olympic Committee Moves to Revoke U.S.A. Gymnastics’ Governing Rights
    In a rare move used only as a last resort, the United States Olympic Committee announced on Monday that it was moving to strip U.S.A. Gymnastics of its power as a national governing body, sending waves of relief through a sport struggling to right itself after a devastating sex abuse scandal.

    Sarah Hirshland, chief executive of the U.S.O.C., said in a statement that her organization’s decision was “not a conclusion that we have come to easily.” By decertifying U.S.A.G., the Olympic committee would be taking control of a national governing body on the grounds that the federation had proven incapable of running itself properly.

    “This is a situation in which there are no perfect solutions,” Hirshland said in the statement, which came just two days after the conclusion of the gymnastics world championships in Doha, Qatar.

    Here's a link to the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/05/...ck&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Sports
     
  2. fencer-dad-of-fencer

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    Although I'm not a big fan of the USFA, it is a lot better than the USAG.
     
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    So the athletes can still compete as a federation, it’s just that the NGB will be the USOC instead of USAG? For the best, it seems.
     
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    Good move. The NGB leadership wasn't swift enough or ruthless enough in dismissing and/or banning the people responsible for the scandals or who should have known about the scandals--too afraid of taking steps that might jeopardize their Olympic success (which is how things got so bad in the first place).
    I suspect that USOC will install a few of their people as interim officers and probably also to take charge of their high-performance program until such time that a new NGB can be stood up and trustworthy leadership can be identified and put in place.
    It's going to be a big challenge in the runup to an Olympic year.
     
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