Los Angeles already faced the prospect of having to compete with the 2026 FIFA World Cup, expected to be awarded in June to a joint bid between the United States and Canada and Mexico. "This investigation is so important because we should know what happened, to make sure it doesn't happen again Every single person should be respected".
The USOC was present for one of the final sentencing hearings for Larry Nassar, but Probst says the USOC "took too long to reach out to" athletes abused by Nassar.
Probst also says the USOC is conducting a review that could result in changing the way it oversees national governing bodies, such as USA Gymnastics.
At this point, how can we doubt that people were aware of accusations against Nassar, that those accusations were shuffled and passed on in a stunning display of "not my responsibility" and thus allowed to continue?
"The Olympic system in the USA failed these athletes, and we are part of the Olympic system", Probst said.
Making findings and recommendations on any additional actions that may be necessary to hold the USOC and USA Gymnastics accountable. But what of the USOC, which so far has paid no public price other than what Probst insisted in his most tone deaf moment of the afternoon? "There's been a tremendous amount of criticism about the USOC".
The traditional United States Olympic Committee pre-Olympics press conference was dominated by questions about the committee's handling of the Nassar scandal and its fallout. We always could have done more. "It's something we're all looking at closely at discussing", said Angela Ruggiero, the International Olympic Committee athletes commission chair and a former U.S. ice hockey player.
"Words can not express the anger that the board and leadership of the US Olympic Committee and me personally feel about the human toll that Larry Nassar's abuse has taken on these young women and their families". He said that he listened to all the impact statements and "felt their sense of betrayal, sorrow, and anger".
"The moment of reckoning we are experiencing in the United States is extremely painful, especially for the women involved".
Former Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman has been critical of the USOC's handling of the case and has publicly expressed skepticism that the independent investigation will be just that. I have read and listened to the impact statements of the courageous young women who stood up at his recent sentencing hearings to tell their shocking stories and how the system failed to protect them.
"That was simply a mistake".
"We are carefully examining our relationships with the NGBs, who right now are independent", Probst said. "We're in the process of doing that now". "It was an error in judgment and we should have been there".
More than 260 girls and women have said they were sexually abused by Nassar, a scandal that's prompted the resignation of the entire USA Gymnastics board of directors under threat of decertification by Blackmun, who has served as chief executive of the USOC since January 2010.
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