The US Olympic Committee (USOC) has begun proceedings to remove USA Gymnastics (USAG) as the sport's governing body. In an open letter written to the gymnastics community by USOC, CEO Sarah Hirshalnd confirmed that that they were taking the first steps to decertify USAG.
The process of decertification is not immediate and the outcome is unclear. It is likely to have serious ramifications regarding the coordination of training, competitions and ultimately national team selection for the sport. But USOC said the challenges facing USA Gymnastics “are simply more than it is capable of overcoming in its current form” and therefore they have opted for the "nuclear" option.
USAG has been under intense scrutiny following ex-USAG team doctor Larry Nassar's conviction for sexual abuse. Since then, USAG have faced serious questions about their handling of the abuse, reporting and subsequent reaction. Olympians Aly Reisman and Simon Biles have been publically critical of USAG's response to the scandal. The organisation has also been through 2 chief executives since then only adding to concerns of institutional dysfunction.
USAG may now agree to voluntarily surrender their certification or face further scrutiny and questioning over their internal systems, culture and ability to provide the levels of excellence required of the governing body.
The United States Olympic Committee is seeking to strip USA Gymnastics (USAG) of its status as a national governing body, saying "athletes deserve better".