Simone Biles starts this month on the way to the World Cup. (Noushad Thekkayil / EPA-EFE / REX / Shutterstock)

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The United States Olympic Committee has initiated a declassification procedure for the USA Gymnastics, officials said Monday, announcing its intention to revoke the organization's association with Olympic sports.

The USOC move, a rare bureaucratic process long termed a "nuclear option" by Olympic sports insiders, is a response to the continuing struggles of the US Gymnastics to get past the sex abuse scandal of Larry Nassar and the confidence of the American Regain top gymnast.

"We believe that the challenges facing the organization are simply more than they can overcome in their current form. , , And that's not fair for gymnasts across the country, "wrote USOC chief Sarah Hirshland in an open letter to the American gymnastics community on Monday afternoon

"I had hoped weeks ago that there would be another way. But we now believe that this is no longer possible. "

In a statement on Monday evening, USA Gymnastics, headquartered in Indianapolis, did not specify whether it would challenge the decertification. The Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization said it was about "evaluating the best way for our athletes, professional members, organization and staff," the statement said.


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