These changes must be made by Olympic sport leaders to protect young athletes

These changes must be made by Olympic sport leaders to protect young athletes

A terrible week for the U.S. Olympic movement, perhaps its worst ever, became a bit more awful today with USA TODAY’s report that our journalists found a half-dozen coaches banned for sexual misconduct who were still active in their sport.

How in the world is this possible?

That’s a fitting refrain for much of what we read in the Ropes & Gray report earlier this week on the horrible mishandling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal by USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

It works, too, for most of what we have learned since Sept. 12, 2016, when the Indianapolis Star, part of the USA TODAY Network, broke the news of allegations against Nassar.

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