Beleaguered USOC appoints three new directors

The US Olympic Committee (USOC) has appointed three new directors as it seeks to move forward from the US Gymnastics sex abuse scandal.

The organisation has appointed USA Wrestling executive director Richard Bender, Paralympic gold-medal swimmer Brad Snyder and Ernst & Young executive Beth Brooke-Marciniak to its board of directors. They take over from Dave Ogrean, Nina Kemppel and Jim Benson whose terms expired.

A report published before Christmas criticised senior executives at the USOC for not doing more to protect young athletes from the threat of sexual misconduct. USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun and chief of sport performance Alan Ashley were accused of inaction in spite of being made aware of allegations against disgraced coach Larry Nassar.

The new executives will lead efforts to reform the organisation. In his previous role at US Wrestling, Bender implemented rules requiring all media covering the organisation’s events to pass background checks and to go through the US Center for SafeSport’s online training. Brooke-Marciniak, who played college basketball, led diversity and inclusion efforts at Ernst & Young.