6, 2018 -

US Olympic Committee Wants to Revoke USA Gymnastics National Governing Body Status


The US Olympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland has offered USA Gymnastics the option of giving up its status as the national governing body of the sport.

In an open letter Monday, Hirshland wrote, “We believe the challenges facing the organization are simply more than it is capable of overcoming in its current form."

USA Gymnastics Board of Directors issued a response stating: “The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) issued a letter today to USA Gymnastics initiating actions pursuant to Article 8 of its bylaws, which could ultimately result in the de-recognition of USA Gymnastics as a National Governing Body (NGB). This action is in accordance with their bylaws, which grant the USOC the power to review all matters relating to the continued recognition of an NGB. USA Gymnastics is carefully reviewing the contents of this letter and is evaluating the best path forward for our athletes, professional members, the organization and staff.”

USA Gymnastics did not say whether it would appeal the decertification process.

The organization has been in turmoil following sexual assault charges and a prison sentence for team doctor Larry Nassar. The organization has also lost two of its leaders and the former head of the organization was arrested under accusations he removed documents linked to the Nassar abuse case.
“USA Gymnastics’ board was seated in June 2018 and inherited an organization in crisis with significant challenges that were years in the making. In the four months since the Board has done everything it could to move this organization towards a better future. We immediately took steps to change the leadership and are currently conducting a search to find a CEO who can rebuild the organization and, most importantly, regain the trust of the gymnastics community. Substantial work remains — in particular, working with the plaintiffs and USA Gymnastics’ insurers to resolve the ongoing litigation as quickly as possible. We will continue to prioritize our athletes’ health and safety and focus on acting in the best interests of the greater gymnastics community.”

USOC’s Hirshland said, “You’re no doubt wondering what this means for you and the gymnastics community. “Until the process is completed and a final determination on USAG’s status is made, we will work to ensure that gymnastics training and competitions will continue as usual.”