Larry Nassar, a bitumen in USA Gymnastics (USAG) whose infamous sex scandals have shook the world, has claimed its second CEO of USA Gymnastics. Kerry Perry who was named as the new CEO in November 2017 and took charge in December, has resigned. The decision to resign has come amid pressure and just nine months after she took hold of her position.
The decision also invited some strong criticism as current and former national team members slammed USA Gymnastics organization. They condemned organization for its lack of heartfelt response to Nassar, who molested hundreds of young gymnasts under the guise of medical treatment.
In January, Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison. The decision meant that the United States Olympic Committee forced the entire USA Gymnastics board to resign in response. However, Perry held her position. During that phase, USA Gymnastics faced some strong slagging from the likes of Aly Raisman, who said in May: “I don’t support how USA Gymnastics is handling everything right now” while suing the USOC.
The case of heinous crimes have piled since its beginning back in 2016. Besides, even last month, another pair of of Olympic gymnasts named Madison Kocian and Kyla Ross reported sexual abuse by Larry Nassar. They also disapproved USA Gymnastics ‘lack of any type of personal response to survivors.’
According to Kocian: “If we were to speak up (when the abuse occurred), we wouldn’t have been in consideration for making (the team). We didn’t have a voice. As an athlete, we should have a voice.”
Perry thoroughly supported the athletes and was even present when survivor Simone Biles won her record fifth U.S. all-around in Boston last month.
The official statement in lieu of Kerry’s resignation was issued by Chair of the USA Gymnastics Board Karen Golz who said “In the wake of horrific events that have impacted our athletes and the entire gymnastics community, USA Gymnastics has made progress in stabilizing itself and setting a new path to ensure that the safety and interests of our athletes remains at the heart of our mission,” she announced via ESPN.
USAG has fallen apart like nine pins. Besides, on Friday, the team parted ways with Mary Lee Tracy, the coach of women’s elite development program, after just three days.
Golz expressed her gratitude for Perry “for her leadership under difficult circumstances.”
USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland, who just started the job in July, said after Tracy’s departure: “As we close the day, I’m afraid I can offer nothing but disappointment. Under the circumstances, we feel that the organization is struggling to manage its obligations effectively and it is time to consider making adjustments in the leadership,” per ESPN.
Larry Nassar’s ill feats have made the situation vague for athletes, as the lack of security adds ‘salt into the wounds’ for USAG.