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USOC begins by revoking US Gymnastics status

CLOSE A major review is required at US Gymnastics, because nothing else has worked. USA TODAY Sports' Nancy Armor explains how they came here. From the left, Ragan Smith, Simone Biles, Riley McCusker, Grace McCallum, Morgan Hurd and Kara Eaker celebrate the women's team final in the gymnastics championships at Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar, October 30, 2018. (Photo: Vadim Ghirda, AP) The United States Olympic Committee has taken the first step to removing USA Gymnastics for its recognition as the National Board of Sports. In a letter to gymnasts Monday, USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland acknowledged that US Gymnastics has fought "to change its culture, to rebuild its leadership, and to effectively earn its membership." To explain why the USOC works, Hirshland wrote: "The short answer is that we believe that the challenges facing the organization are simply more than it can overcome in its current form. We have worked close to the new USAG- the board in recent months to support them, but despite the diligent effect, NGB continues to fight. And it is not fair to gymnasts around the country. A few weeks ago I hoped there was another way forward. But we now believe that it is no longer possible. " The news comes three weeks after Mary Bono rose abruptly as US Gymnastics interim CEO at the press of USOC. Over the past week, despite the unrest in its governing body, the women's national team won the gold medal at the Qatar and Simone Biles World…

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A major review is required at US Gymnastics, because nothing else has worked. USA TODAY Sports’ Nancy Armor explains how they came here.

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