Today, bipartisan leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced they have expanded their investigation into sexual abuse within the U.S. Olympic community. As reported in The Wall Street Journal, the committee sent a new round of letters to the U.S. Olympic Committee and all 48 National Governing Bodies, as well as Michigan State University.
The letters follow up the committee’s initial January 26th letters, and pose a number of detailed questions and document requests related to the management, handling, and prevention of sexual abuse. Chairman Walden has previously announced the committee intends to hold a hearing on these matters.
U.S. Lawmakers Expand Probe of Abuse in Olympic Sports
U.S. lawmakers are broadening their investigation into the gymnastics sex abuse scandal to encompass all organized Olympic sports in the United States, as well as asking tough new questions of the U.S. Olympic Committee and Michigan State University.
“Based on information received to date, the Committee is concerned that a pervasive and systemic problem exists in Olympic sports,” legislators on the House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote in letters sent Wednesday to 48 national governing bodies from USA Archery to USA Wrestling. The letters went on to ask how each organization handles sex abuse complaints and whether the USOC had recommended changes in their policies or procedures at any point since 2005.
The investigation is the latest and potentially furthest-reaching fallout from the allegations of sexual assault against former U.S. gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar. The American amateur sports establishment has been rocked by questions over how USA Gymnastics and the USOC handled initial complaints from elite gymnasts against Dr. Nassar, including a five-week delay before alerting law enforcement. …
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