USA Gymnastics board of directors to resign

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The rest of the USA Gymnastics board of directors will resign before a Jan. 31 deadline to avoid decertification.

“USA Gymnastics will comply with the USOC requirements,” USA Gymnastics said Friday, according to NBC News.

U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun wrote in a letter to USA Gymnastics that the board had to resign, or the national governing body would be terminated.

“We do not base these requirements on any knowledge that any individual USAG staff or board members had a role in fostering or obscuring Nassar’s actions,” Blackmun wrote in the letter outlining multiple required steps, not just the board resignations. “Our position comes from a clear sense that USAG culture needs fundamental rebuilding.”

Three USA Gymnastics board leaders, including chairman Paul Parilla, resigned Monday amid the Larry Nassar sentencing, where more than 150 women (not all gymnasts) came forward as survivors.

Blackmun wrote that a fourth board member also resigned. The full USA Gymnastics board members list is here.

USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny was forced out last year.

In a previous statement, Blackmun said the USOC has been discussing changes with leaders at USA Gymnastics since October.

“Those discussions accelerated over the holidays,” Blackmun said. “New board leadership is necessary because the current leaders have been focused on establishing that they did nothing wrong. USA Gymnastics needs to focus on supporting the brave survivors.”

USA Gymnastics’ new CEO, Kerry Perry, said Monday that the organization supported the three announced resignations.

“We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organization,” she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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