Entire USA Gymnastics Board to Resign

US Olympic Committee had threatened to remove it as sport's national governing body
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2018 6:16 PM CST
Larry Nassar looks at the gallery in the court during the sixth day of his sentencing hearing Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Lansing, Mich.   (Dale G.Young/Detroit News via AP)

(Newser) – The 16 remaining members of USA Gymnastics' board of directors will resign following the sentencing of Larry Nassar and the issuing of demands by the US Olympic Committee, ABC News reports. On Thursday, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun demanded the entire USA Gymnastics board resign because the "culture needs fundamental rebuilding" upon threat of being decertified as the sport's national governing body. According to NBC News, three board members and the board chair had already resigned. USA Gymnastics didn't immediately agree to replacing the entire board, but on Friday it issued a statement saying it "will comply with the USOC requirements." Under those requirements, USA Gymnastics has until Jan. 31 to create an interim board and a year to name a permanent board. Nassar, medical coordinator for USA Gymnastics from 1996 to 2014, has been accused of sexual abuse by nearly 160 gymnasts and others.

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