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Top US gymnastics board officials quit

Three top board members of USA Gymnastics resigned and the man who coached the 2012 Olympic team was suspended on Monday, after calls from angry gymnasts who say the organization did nothing to protect them after they were abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar.

Chairman Paul Parilla, vice chair Jay Binder and treasurer Bitsy Kelley announced they were stepping down as testimony in Nassar’s sentencing hearing in Michigan moved into its second week. Nassar faces a minimum prison sentence of 25 to 40 years in a molestation case.

USA Gymnastics also suspended the coach of the 2012 Olympics team, John Geddert, who worked with Nassar at his gyms in Michigan.

A number of Olympians have been among those testifying in the Nassar hearing. Many have also sued the US Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics and called for the sports leaders to leave their jobs.

USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny was forced out last year.

The new CEO, Kerry Perry, said USA Gymnastics supported the resignations. “We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organization,” she said.


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