USOC delivers conclusion to USA Gymnastics president
U.S. Olympic Committee leaders have contacted USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny about his future at the federation and say they'll wait for Penny to respond before divulging what they told him.
Penny was discussed at Thursday's board meeting. He is under scrutiny for the federation's handling of a string of sexual abuse cases.
He is a co-defendant in a civil lawsuit filed by 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher, who has accused former volunteer team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse.
USA Gymnastics has denied wrongdoing.
Penny has had the support of the USA Gymnastics board. The USOC doesn't have official capacity to oust Penny but could take measures such as cutting funding.
USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said there was no deadline for Penny to respond to the recommendations.
USA Gymnastics chairman Paul Parilla released a statement saying USAG ''shares the USOC's commitment to promoting a safe environment for all athletes, and we take its views seriously.''
He said the board would meet shortly to determine next steps, but did not mention any recommendations from the USOC.
For years, the USOC has used its significant funding resources as a card in pressuring national governing bodies into making changes it deems necessary. For instance, in 2008, the USOC essentially demanded USA Track and Field streamline its board of directors and said it would consider decertifying the federation if it did not comply.
Since Blackmun took over in 2010, however, the USOC has been reluctant to pressure national governing bodies into making major changes.
Asked what the USOC would do if USA Gymnastics did not follow its recommendation, Blackmun said he didn't want to speculate but if it ''wants to head in a substantially different direction, we'll report that to our board and see where we want to go with it.''