Simone Biles says ‘traces’ of Larry Nassar’s harassment affected him at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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Simone Biles revealed that “traces of appalling abuse” were revealed by the convicted sex offender and ex. USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar He impressed her at the Olympic Games.

Speaking emotionally at a hearing in the US Senate, Biles said the “burden” of Nassar’s abuse continued to affect gymnasts who were abused while in the disgraced doctor’s care.

Biles withdrew from various events at Tokyo 2020 to focus on mental health.

“The scars of this horrific abuse continue to live with us all,” Biles said. “I’ve worked incredibly hard to make sure my presence can help maintain the link between bugs. [around the Nassar case] and the competition in Tokyo 2020.

“To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar, and I also blame the entire system that provided and perpetrated his abuse.

“US Gymnastics and the United States, Olympic and Paralympic Committee knew I was being abused by the official team doctors long before I became aware of their knowledge.”

Biles is one of a number of Olympians who claimed to have been abused by Nassar, who was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison in December 2017.

Gold medalists Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney also spoke at Tuesday’s hearing. FBIThe 2015 investigation into the ‘ case failed.

Nassar was fired by his primary employer, Michigan State University, after a police report was filed against him in 2016.

But an investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice found that Nassar was able to harass up to 70 athletes between the time the FBI first learned of the allegations and his dismissal from Michigan State.

“Nassar is where he belongs,” Biles continued at the trial.

Simone Biles (hold file) arrives at Senate hearing Larry Nassar

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“Those who provided it deserve to be held to account. If not, I am convinced this will continue to happen to others in Olympic sports.

“I am a strong individual and will persevere, but I should never have been left alone to be harassed by Larry Nassar. And I did so only because of the underlying failures of the abuse you are now being asked to investigate.”

USA Gymnastics has announced plans to pay $215m (£164m) to athletes harassed by Nassar.

“The boys have suffered needlessly because multiple agents in multiple offices at the FBI neglected to share the Nassar allegations with law enforcement in state and local agencies,” said Chuck Grassley, a Republican senator, in statements prepared before the hearing.

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