Periodically, SwimSwam updates you on the biggest news around the Olympic and Paralympic world, outside of water sports. Read on to learn more about elite American gymnastics testifying to the FBI’s handling of the Larry Nassar investigation, with Britain potentially losing an Olympic medal from Tokyo and an Algerian judoka getting a 10-year suspension .
US gymnasts testify to FBI handling of Nassar investigation
Four elite American gymnasts – Simone Bilès, Aly raisman, Mckayla maroney and Maggie Nichols – testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the FBI’s handling of its investigation into Larry Nassar.
Nassar, a former team doctor, abused athletes for decades under the guise of medical treatment, and was then sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison in 2018. Gymnasts said it took more than one year at the FBI to begin investigating the charges. against Nassar after being informed for the first time. Lawyers said more than 100 gymnasts may have been abused by Nassar during this time.
“It’s really like the FBI has closed our eyes and done everything they can to help protect the USAG and USOPC,” said a moved Biles. “We have suffered and continue to suffer because no one in the FBI, USAG or USOPC did what was necessary to protect us.”
Biles said she was determined to compete in the Tokyo Olympics to make sure one of the survivors of Nassar’s abuse was present, despite the burden she had to bear an additional year after the Games were postponed.
“As I have said in the past, one thing that has helped me push each day was the goal of not letting this crisis be ignored,” said Biles, who has withdrawn from several events in Tokyo. . “I have worked incredibly hard to make sure that my presence can maintain a connection between chess and competition at Tokyo 2020.”
“In reality, he turned out to be more of a pedophile than a doctor,” Maroney said.
Britain set to lose Olympic relay medal
Britain are likely to have their silver medal they won on the men’s 4x100m relay track at the Tokyo Olympics forfeited after one of the team members tested positive for several banned substances.
CJ Oujah was already suspended after his “A” sample came back positive last month, and earlier this week his “B” sample tested positive as well. His first sample tested positive for Ostarine, an anabolic agent, and S-23, another selective androgen receptor modulator with properties similar to anabolic steroids.
The case was referred to the Anti-Doping Unit of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Last month, Ujah released a statement claiming he had taken these substances without knowing it. “To be absolutely clear, I am not a cheater and I have never taken and will never knowingly take any prohibited substance. I love my sport and I know my responsibilities both as an athlete and as a teammate.
The other three members of the team were Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Black. The second-place finishers were behind the Italian team, which shocked the world with a team that included Lamont Marcell Jacobs, the surprise winner of the men’s 100m earlier in the Games.
Britain won 65 medals in total at the Tokyo Olympics, including 22 gold, placing fourth in the medal table behind the United States, China and Japan. If the relay team forfeits their medal, Canada will win silver and China will win bronze.
Judoka Fethi Nourine banned for 10 years
Fethi Nourine, an Algerian judoka, is banned from competition for 10 years after withdrawing from the Olympics before a possible clash with an Israeli opponent.
His coach, silver medalist in 2008 and member of the International Judo Federation Hall of Fame Amar Benikhlef, was also given a 10-year suspension.
After finding out he could face Israeli Tohar Butbul, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, in the second round of the competition, Nourine withdrew from the Games on opening day. He and his trainer told Algerian media that he “resigned to express his support for the Palestinians,” according to the Associated Press.
“It is obvious that the two Algerian judokas, with malicious intent, used the Olympic Games as a platform for protest and promotion of political and religious propaganda, which constitutes a clear and serious violation of the Statutes of the IFJ, of the IFJ Code of Ethics. and the Olympic Charter, ”said an IFJ statement. “Therefore, no sanction other than a severe suspension can be imposed in this case.”
Butbul ended up qualifying directly for the round of 16 because his first round clash, Mohamaed Abdalrasool of Sudan also pulled out. (Abdalrasool told the Butbul team that he was injured).