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#SubOversight Announces Hearing on Sexual Abuse within the U.S. Olympic Community


05.03.18

WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), announced a hearing with executives from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the U.S. Center for SafeSport (USCSS), and four National Governing Bodies (NGBs) regarding sexual abuse within the U.S. Olympic community. As reported by Reuters, the hearing will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

#SubOversight has confirmed the following witnesses will testify.

  • Susanne Lyons, Acting Chief Executive Officer, United States Olympic Committee (USOC);
  • Kerry Perry, President and Chief Executive Officer, USA Gymnastics (USAG);
  • Tim Hinchey, President and Chief Executive Officer, USA Swimming (USA-S);
  • Steve McNally, Executive Director, USA Taekwondo (USAT);
  • Jamie Davis, Chief Executive Officer, USA Volleyball (USAV); and
  • Shellie Pfohl, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Center for SafeSport (USCSS).

This hearing follows a months-long bipartisan investigation into the USOC and all 48 NGBs, as well as Michigan State University, related to the management, handling, and prevention of sexual abuse.

More details regarding the time and location of the hearing will be posted here as it becomes available.

House to call U.S. Olympic chief to testify on sexual abuse of athletes

The U.S. House of Representatives plans to call top U.S. Olympic and sporting officials to a May 23 hearing on sexual abuse amid reports that hundreds of American athletes have been victims of it.

The hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations subcommittee will include Susanne Lyons, acting chief executive officer of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and Kerry Perry, president and CEO of USA Gymnastics, and focus on whether the groups have adequate safeguards against abuse, a committee spokeswoman confirmed.

In February, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun resigned following the sex abuse scandal involving former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to two 40-year prison terms after pleading guilty to molesting female athletes under the guise of medical treatment.

“We are concerned about the potentially pervasive and systemic problem of sexual abuse across the U.S. Olympic community,” said Representative Greg Walden, who chairs the committee and subcommittee chairman Gregg Harper in a joint statement. “The institutions we’ve called to testify have long been entrusted with the safety and well-being of America’s athletes. …

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