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Simone Biles, on the abuse of gymnasts in the US: “I don’t want any other athlete to suffer the horror I experienced”

American gymnast Simone Biles told a US Senate committee on Wednesday that she does not want any other young athlete to suffer the “horror” that she and hundreds of gymnasts suffered from the abuse of Larry Nassar when he was the doctor of the national gymnastics team.

The gymnast Simone Biles denounces sexual abuse of the former doctor of the American team

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“I do not want any other young Olympian or any other individual to suffer the horror that I and that hundreds of others have endured and continue to endure to this day,” Biles said, visibly moved, before the US Senate judicial committee.

That Senate committee wants to clarify why the FBI office in Indianapolis – where the Gymnastics Federation is based – responded inadequately and slowly to the first allegations of sexual abuse against Nassar, allowing the former doctor to continue to perpetuate his abuses.

“I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame the entire system that allowed and perpetrated that abuse. USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee knew that he was being abused by the official team doctor,” said the gymnast. at the parliamentary seat.

Biles denounced in 2018 that he suffered sexual abuse by the former doctor, who is sentenced to 60 years in prison for possessing images of child pornography on his computer. She was not the only one: several former Olympic gymnasts also reported being victims of Nassar.

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