The fallout from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal in addition to other governing issues has put USA Gymnastics into bankruptcy and on the brink of collapse. Stepping into the fire beginning on March 8, will be the NBA’s vice-president of global partnerships, Li Li Leung who will serve as the agency’s new president and chief executive. Leung is a former college gymnast.
Leung will be the fourth president for US Gymnastics in the last two years, following Steve Perry, Kerry Perry and former congresswoman Mary Bono. Bono, the most recent president lasted just four days in the job after her controversial comments about Nike and Colin Kaepernick.
December’s bankruptcy filing by USA Gymnastics came amid several financial claims filed by ex-gymnastics related to sexual abuse. The bankruptcy filing came weeks after the US Olympic Committee which governs amateur sport in the United States began the process to decertify USA Gymnastics as the sport’s governing body.
“Like everyone, I was upset and angry to learn about the abuse and the institutions that let the athletes down,” said Leung. “I admire the courage and strength of the survivors, and I will make it a priority to see that their claims are resolved.”