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US Olympic to dissolve USA Gymnastics

AFP  |  Los Angeles 

The Olympic Committee said it had begun moves to disband the country's governing body for in the aftermath of the sport's devastating sexual abuse scandal, a statement said.

USOC on Monday said in a statement Olympic chiefs had started proceedings to revoke USA Gymnastics' status as the official governing body for the sport in the

In an open letter addressed to US gymnasts, Hirshland said USA had failed to "change its culture, to rebuild its leadership, and to effectively serve its membership."

"You deserve better," Hirshland told gymnasts in the letter.

The USOC bombshell comes after a series of humiliating body blows to USA Gymnastics, which has lurched from one self-inflicted crisis to the next as it struggles to rebuild in the aftermath of the Larry sexual abuse scandal.

Former US team doctor was jailed for life earlier this year after abusing more than 250 athletes, including several stars of the United States' gold medal-winning teams at the 2012 and

The beleaguered governing body, which had been accused of covering up Nassar's crimes, has been in a state of perpetual crisis ever since the scandal broke.

Last month, newly installed resigned after just four days following an outcry by Olympic stars and

Bono had taken over from Kerry Perry, who had resigned after just nine months after criticism of her performance by USOC.

Perry's departure came after the appointment and swift resignation of -- who had made comments supportive of in 2016 when allegations of abuse against him had begun to emerge.

USOC had warned it was prepared to take the ultimate sanction of revoking USA Gymnastics' status as a governing body unless it put its house in order.

On Monday, Hirshland said USOC had taken its decision after lengthy deliberation.

"This is a situation in which there are no perfect solutions," Hirshland said in a statement.

"Seeking to revoke recognition is not a conclusion that we have come to easily.

"In the short-term, we have to work to ensure that USAG gymnasts have the support necessary to excel on and off the field of play.

"We are building plans to do just that. In the long-term, it will be the critically important responsibility of the recognized NGB, whether the existing organization or a new one, to lead gymnastics in the and build on the supportive community of athletes and clubs that can carry the sport forward for decades to come.

"We are prepared to identify and help build such an organization.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 12:05 IST