The coach of the gold medal-winning United States women's gymnastics team at the London Olympics in 2012 is under criminal investigation following accusations that came to light during the sexual assault case against disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.
Former USA Gymnastic doctor, Larry Nassar has on Monday been sentenced to a third prison term of 40 to 125 years behind bars for molesting young athletes at an elite MI training centre. This was the third sentence Nassar received after sexual abuse allegations from young female athletes.
Sen. Ernst said the time has come to "put an end to this type of outrageous abuse" adding that lawmakers now have an opportunity to "stand up for athletes" to "finally say enough is enough". "The reprehensible actions of this so-called doctor have been exposed, yet there are still so many questions that remain".
Victims and their advocates have criticized the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and USAG for not acting on the complaints against Nassar, including a 2015 investigation.
"I am aware of the President's request and we are in the initial planning stages to meet the President's direction", General Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters during a visit to the Thai capital Bangkok. "That's what is supposed to happen".
This comes in the form of a resolution to establish a special committee in the Senate to investigate the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics. It also will present solutions to ensure transparency in these organizations and protections for child athletes. The special committee, once established, would be expected to produce a report by the end of the next session of Congress. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) requiring child abuse and sexual misconduct in sports organizations to be reported within 24 hours passed the Senate on January 30.