Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles said she would stop her daughter from joining the U.S. Gymnastics Organization after the organization resolved a scandal involving the sexual abuse of Larry Nassar.
Nassar, a former American gymnastics doctor, was convicted and sentenced to more than 300 years behind bars in 2018, after more than 250 athletes, including Biles, accused him of abuse.
Biles, who is 23 today, said that if she had a daughter, he would not allow her to train with American gymnastics.
When asked in 60 minutes by CBS, she said, “No. Because I don’t feel comfortable enough because they didn’t take responsibility for their actions and what they did.
“And they didn’t assure us it would never happen again.”
Biles, which dominated rhythmic gymnastics since she debuted as a teenager in 2013, she said she feels personally betrayed by American gymnastics and the American Olympic Committee.
“We bring them medals,” said the quadruple Olympic gold medal.
“We’re doing our part. You can’t reciprocate your share? It’s just annoying.”
Asked which questions remain unanswered, she replied, “Just who knew what, when?
“You’ve failed so many athletes. And most of us are minors. Don’t you think that’s a bigger problem?”
“Like, if it was me and I knew something, I’d like it resolved right away.”
In January 2020, American Gymnastics announced a plan to pay a settlement of $ 215 million to a group of athletes who were abused by Nassar.
U.S. Gymnastics President and CEO Li Li Leung told CBS to “recognize how deeply we have shattered the trust of our athletes and the community and are working hard to restore that trust.”
The head of the American Olympic and Paralympic Games, Sarah Hirschland, said that she wanted to “repeat” the organization’s apology to “everyone who was damaged”.