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Offbeat USOC names new chief executive months after sex abuse scandal

19:26  12 july  2018
19:26  12 july  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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(Reuters) – U . S . Olympic Committee on Thursday named Sarah Hirshland as its new chief executive months after its former chief resigned from the post for medical reasons amid harsh criticism stemming from the sex abuse scandal involving former U.S.A. Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

DENVER (Reuters) - U . S . Olympic Committee Chief Executive Scott Blackmun is resigning for medical reasons, the organization said on Wednesday, following months of sustained The USOC statement did not address whether the sexual abuse scandal played a role in Blackmun’s departure.

Sarah Hirshland. © 2016 Getty Images Sarah Hirshland.

The U.S. Olympic Committee named Sarah Hirshland as its new chief executive on Thursday, months after its former CEO quit for medical reasons amid criticism stemming from a sex abuse scandal involving former U.S.A. Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

Hirshland, currently the chief commercial officer for the U.S. Golf Association, takes over from Susanne Lyons, who has served as acting CEO since February after former CEO Scott Blackmun resigned following months of criticism of the USOC.

"I'm thrilled that Sarah has accepted the position and thankful to the diverse slate of candidates who participated in our process to hire the very best person for this important responsibility," USOC Chairman Larry Probst said in a statement.

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The USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal involves the sexual abuse of female athletes—primarily minors—over the past two decades

DENVER (Reuters) - U . S . Olympic Committee Chief Executive Scott Blackmun is resigning for medical reasons, the organization said on Wednesday, following months of sustained The USOC statement did not address whether the sexual abuse scandal played a role in Blackmun's departure.

The Colorado Springs, Colorado-based USOC cited health issues related to prostate cancer as the reason for Blackmun's departure.

Nassar last year pleaded guilty to molesting female athletes under the guise of medical treatment in incidents dating back to the 1990s and was sentenced to life in prison. The scandal sparked condemnation from Olympic fans, athletes and committee officials.

Authorities said Nassar victimized more than 260 women and girls, including several Olympic gold medalists. Nearly 200 of them gave testimonies during a sentencing hearings in Michigan earlier this year.

The sex scandal also prompted the entire board of directors at USA Gymnastics, the sport's U.S. governing body, to resign, along with the president and athletic director at Michigan State University, where Nassar also worked.


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