The IndyStar USA Gymnastics investigation

Riley Beggin summarizes the story to date.

IndyStar filed records requests in 10 states and reviewed thousands of pages of documents over the course of four and a half months. Their reporting found that USAG, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, has private sexual misconduct files on 54 coaches spanning 10 years. But unless the allegations came to officials directly from the victim or the victim’s parent, the organization wouldn’t take any measures to intervene. …

Indiana law doesn’t require firsthand information to report suspected abuse. It only requires that the reporter has “reason to believe” abuse has occurred. Legal experts told IndyStar that it’s clear USA Gymnastics’ policy violates state law. …

Behind the Story

out-of-balance

on athletes protesting

Coming from Canada I’m always surprised how seriously angered some Americans get when they feel either flag or National Anthem are disrespected.

The issue of Gabby Douglas not putting hand over heart at the Olympics was blown way out of proportion, for example. Clearly she intended no disrespect.

A hot topic in American news is Colin Kaepernick’s protest against racial injustice. More sportsmen are supporting him each week.

For example, Garfield High School football players and coaching staff took a knee during the national anthem. The entire team. And plan to do so for the rest of the season.

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A recent survey found Kaepernick was the most disliked player in the NFL – “disliked a lot” by 29% of those polled. I assume he’s also one of the most admired players today. His protest has been divisive in a divided nation.

Sport – normally – is one topic that tends to bring fans together.

On the one hand, I too admire Kaepernick’s guts. And feel he’s correct in calling out racial injustice. His protest is non-violent. Gandhi would approve.

On the other hand I wish there was some way to keep it off the field of play. It is a distraction from the Game.

Whether we like it or not, this protest is going to continue. Americans, too, deeply respect their First Amendment – freedom of speech.

Best case scenario this kind of protest brings real change. I’ll try to stay optimistic.

Gymnastics in India is a mess

Journalist Arunabh Saskia tries to explain the disaster that has been the Sports Authority of India (SAI).

Inside the murky world of Indian gymnastics

Dipa Karmakar’s stellar show at the Olympics owed nothing to the sport’s governing body, which has done everything in its power to nip any development in the bud

Obviously there is tremendous talent in the subcontinent. It’s a shame the sports administration has been so dreadful. 😦

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related – Dipa feels it’s dedication that’s lacking more than facilities.

via GymCastic

former coach William ‘Bill’ McCabe

In 2007 Bill McCabe was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for sexual exploitation of children.

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The Indianapolis Star posted a timeline of his troubled coaching career.

The question being asked of USA Gymnastics is why Bill McCabe wasn’t placed on the permanently ineligible list until December 2006?

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Michigan State fired Dr. Larry Nassar

Michigan State University announced Tuesday that it has fired Dr. Larry Nassar after an IndyStar investigation revealed accusations of sexual abuse against the longtime USA Gymnastics team physician. …

Nassar’s former attorney last week denied any wrongdoing by the doctor. His new attorney, Matthew Newburg, declined comment Tuesday. …

Nassar, 53, had been a faculty member at the university’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was also team doctor at four Olympics and had worked with USA Gymnastics from 1986 to 2015. …

Indy Star

Laurie Hernandez – medical data hack

Hernandez, a member of the gold-medal winning women’s all-around team, was granted a TUE for methylprednisolone, which is used to treat conditions such as allergies, arthritis, lupus and ulcerative colitis.

Rafael Nadal, Laurie Hernandez among latest medical data leak

USA Gymnastics statement regarding Hernandez and WADA hack :

Hernandez submitted and was approved for a therapeutic-use exemption (TUE), the proper paperwork for any prescribed medications that an athlete takes for an illness or condition that requires the use of a medication included on the WADA Prohibited Drug List. By virtue of the TUE, Hernandez was granted a one-time use for acute inflammation in February/March 2016 and has not broken any drug-testing regulation.

Vanessa Atler on Larry Nassar

1) First I want everyone to know Larry has never done anything to me. I only really had problems with my ankle and he was always professional and i never had any bad experiences with him.

2) I will be choosing to support these women. …

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Vanessa was a long time National Team member. (1995-2001)

more accusations against Dr. Larry Nassar

Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney Gretchen Whitmer said a “handful” of people who say they were victims of a Michigan State University doctor have contacted her since an article was published Monday detailing the accounts of two women who allege the doctor sexually abused them.

“As soon as publicity was given to this, more people have reached out,” she said.

Michigan State University police also have received additional complaints …

Detroit Free Press

That article links to contact information for investigators.

Sexual Abuse Charges Put Shadow on U.S. Gymnastics Federation

That’s the title of a NY Times article by JULIET MACUR, the best I’ve read so far on the issue.

Sexual Abuse Charges Put Shadow on U.S. Gymnastics Federation

To learn more listen to GymCastic 221: Jane Doe vs. USAG Doctor.

Simone Biles – medications in Rio

USA Gymnastics recently learned that the database of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has been hacked and that drug-testing reports for several U.S. Olympic athletes, including Simone Biles, have been breached. …

“Simone has filed the proper paperwork per USADA and WADA requirements, and there is no violation,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. …

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