While dozens more young women and girls were giving victim-impact statements in a Michigan courtroom on Monday, the organization that governs gymnastics in the United States said its chairman and several board members had resigned under intense pressure from the molestation case involving a team doctor.
U.S.A. Gymnastics’ handling of the sexual abuse scandal involving the longtime national team doctor Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar has been widely derided — including sharp criticism by many of the gymnasts speaking out last week and this week at Dr. Nassar’s sentencing in court in Ingham County, Mich.
The chairman of the board was Paul Parilla. Also resigning were the vice chairman, Jay Binder, and treasurer, Bitsy Kelley. They could not be immediately reached for comment.
“We support their decisions to resign at this time,” the federation’s president, Kerry Perry, said on Monday in a statement posted on Twitter. “We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organization.”
The United States Olympic Committee, which also has been criticized for its inaction in the Nassar case, praised the resignations. Scott Blackmun, the Olympic committee’s chief executive, said in a statement that his organization had been discussing board changes with U.S.A. Gymnastics since October. He said those talks escalated this past weekend and culminated in the three board members finally giving up their roles.