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U.S. Olympic committee says Olympic system “failed” gymnastics athletes

The U.S. Olympic system "failed" the hundreds of young female athletes sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Board of Directors Chairman Larry Probst said on Friday

Former sports doctor Nassar last year pleaded guilty to molesting female athletes under the guise of medical treatment for nearly 20 years, and has been given two prison sentences in Michigan of 40 to 125 years and 40 to 175 years. He is also serving a 60-year federal term for child pornography convictions.

U.S. lawmakers on Thursday (February 8) began a second congressional investigation into USOC, USA Gymnastics and other gymnastic organisations over the abuse scandal.

The board of directors of USA Gymnastics stepped down after U.S. Olympic officials threatened to decertify the governing body.

The USOC had announced an independent investigation into its own conduct that would help them understand “who knew what about Nassar’s abuse, when and what they did with that information”.

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun has faced calls to resign but Probst said the organisation thought he “did the right thing at every turn”.

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