Aly Raisman addresses USA Gymnastics problems on TODAY

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Aly Raisman spoke out again about USA Gymnastics’ leadership problems following the revelations of the Larry Nassar sexual-abuse crimes.

Raisman, one of hundreds of Nassar survivors, detailed her concerns on TODAY on Tuesday.

In the last week, USA Gymnastics tumbling head coach Sergio Galvez resigned pending an investigation by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, which handles sexual misconduct allegations within national governing bodies.

On Monday, 2000 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Tasha Schwikert and sister and former national team member Jordan Schwikert filed lawsuits against Nassar, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee for enabling and failing to prevent Nassar’s crimes.

Also Monday, former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of tampering with evidence in the Nassar investigation.

“I never imagined it would be this bad,” Raisman said on TODAY. “There still has not been a full independent investigation by law enforcement. That is just absolutely absurd. It’s very clear this problem is much bigger than Steve Penny, Larry Nassar and this new coach. So it’s so important to get to the bottom of it. There is no new USA Gymnastics until we understand every single thing that happened. We can’t trust USA Gymnastics because they’re not being transparent.”

In a statement overnight, USA Gymnastics said it “has undergone significant reforms in the wake of [Nassar’s] horrific acts that have impacted our athletes and community forever,” according to TODAY.

“It’s more important to them to protect and fix this PR problem that they have,” Raisman said. “They need to understand this is a child-abuse problem. It is so widespread and far-reaching.”

USA Gymnastics is seeking its fourth CEO since March 2017 after Mary Bono resigned four days into her new role following criticism from Raisman, Simone Biles and many in the gymnastics community.

“You could hire the best CEO, but if you don’t have the answers, if the CEO is still working with people that covered this up, you’re never going to get anywhere,” Raisman said.

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Eliud Kipchoge, two races shy of his target, to make Boston Marathon debut

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World record holder Eliud Kipchoge will race the Boston Marathon for the first time on April 17.

Kipchoge, who at September’s Berlin Marathon lowered his world record by 30 seconds to 2:01:09, has won four of the six annual major marathons — Berlin, Tokyo, London and Chicago.

The 38-year-old Kenyan has never raced Boston, the world’s oldest annual marathon dating to 1897, nor New York City but has repeated in recent years a desire to enter both of them.

Typically, he has run the London Marathon in the spring and the Berlin Marathon in the fall.

Kipchoge’s last race in the U.S. was the 2014 Chicago Marathon, his second of 10 consecutive marathon victories from 2014 through 2019.

He can become the first reigning men’s marathon world record holder to finish the Boston Marathon since South Korean Suh Yun-Bok set a world record of 2:25:39 in Boston in 1947, according to the Boston Athletic Association.

In 2024 in Paris, Kipchoge is expected to race the Olympic marathon and bid to become the first person to win three gold medals in that event.

The Boston Marathon field also includes arguably the second- and third-best men in the world right now — Kipchoge’s Kenyan training partners Evans Chebet and Benson Kipruto. Chebet won Boston and New York City this year. Kipruto won Boston last year and Chicago this year.

American Des Linden, who won Boston in 2018, headlines the women’s field.

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2024 Tour de France to end with Nice time trial due to Paris Olympics

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The 2024 Tour de France will end on the French Riviera instead of the French capital because of the Paris Olympics.

The finish of cycling’s marquee race leaves Paris for the first time since 1905.

Tour organizers said on Thursday the last stage of its 111th race will take place in the Mediterranean resort of Nice on July 21. Five days later, Paris opens the Olympics.

Because of security and logistical reasons, the French capital won’t have its traditional Tour finish on the Champs-Elysees. Parting with tradition of a sprint on the Champs-Elysees, the last stage will be an individual time trial along Nice’s famed Promenade des Anglais.

The start of the 2024 race, which will begin for the first time in Italy, was brought forward by one week, a customary change during an Olympic year. The Tour will start on June 29 in Florence.

Nice has hosted the Tour 37 times, including its start twice, in 1981 and in 2020. Two years ago, the start was delayed until Aug. 29 due to lockdowns and travels bans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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