The remaining members of the USA Gymnastics board of directors plan to resign, fulfilling the U.S. Olympic Committee’s demand for them to step down in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar.
USA Gymnastics confirmed to the Washington Examiner the organization will comply with the U.S. Olympic Committee’s requirements, which Scott Blackmun, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, detailed in an email to the board Thursday.
Blackmun first called for all of the current members of the USA Gymnastics board of directors to leave their posts with the organization by Jan. 31. The organization has until the end of February to seat an interim board.
Several board members, including chairman Paul Parilla, resigned prior to Blackmun’s request.
“We do not base these requirements on any knowledge that any individual USAG staff or board members had a role in fostering or obscuring Nassar’s actions,” Blackmun said in his email. “Our position comes from a clear sense that USAG culture needs fundamental rebuilding.”
The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee said if USA Gymnastics failed to comply with the requirements he outlined, the group would be forced to end USA Gymnastics’ status as a national governing body.
Blackmun also ordered USA Gymnastics to cooperate with an investigation into who knew and should have known about gymnasts’ reports of Nassar’s sexual misconduct, as well as the systemic failures that may have allowed Nassar to continue his sexual abuse.
Allegations of sexual abuse against Nassar were first brought to light in August 2016, though gymnasts had reported his behavior years earlier.
A judge sentenced Nassar to up to 175 years in prison for multiple sex crimes. More than 150 girls and women came forward and said Nassar sexually abused them, including Olympic gymnasts McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and Simone Biles.
Many of his victims are suing Michigan State University, where Nassar worked, and USA Gymnastics, for failing to address the doctor’s misconduct despite having knowledge of it.
Raisman has been vocal about the need to determine who was aware of Nassar’s sexual abuse.
“What does this say about USA Gymnastics, United States Olympic Committee?” she told NBC’s “Today” show Thursday. “Whether they knew or didn’t know, that’s a big problem, and we need to investigate how this happened.”