Congressional Report Claims that Olympic Organizations and the FBI Failed to Protect Athletes from Nassar’s Abuse

Last Tuesday, the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection released a report condemning multiple organizations including the U.S Olympic Committee (USOC), the FBI, USA Gymnastics (USAG), and Michigan State University (MSU) for failing to stop Larry Nassar’s abuse, despite receiving multiple reports and allegations. The report concludes that each of these organizations “had opportunities to stop Nassar but failed to do so.” The 235-page report summarizes and outlines the key findings of an 18-month congressional investigation into the handling of Nassar’s abuse. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn), the ranking member of the Senate subcommittee, described the actions of each of these organizations as a “cover-up.” In addition to the release of the report, the senators introduced the “Empowering Olympic and Amateur Athletes Act of 2019,” which seeks to implement requirements to promote a culture of greater transparency and accountability within sports. This bill would give athletes an increased voice in the governance of the USOC and calls for 20 million dollars in annual funding to the US Center for SafeSport, the agency that oversees sexual misconduct and abuse allegations. The report claims that Nassar was able to sexually abuse more than 300 athletes over two decades after ineffective […]

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