The governing body for gymnastics in the United States, USA Gymnastics, said on Thursday that it would sever its ties with the Karolyi Ranch, the famed training facility that has cultivated several Olympians but was recently revealed to be a site of sexual abuse by a team doctor.
“It has been my intent to terminate this agreement since I began as president and CEO in December,” Kerry Perry, the president of the gymnastics organization, said in a statement. “We are exploring alternative sites to host training activities and camps until a permanent location is determined.”
The ranch was the site of some of the sexual abuse by Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar, who molested gymnasts under the guise of giving them medical treatment. Dr. Nassar is expected to be sentenced on seven counts in Michigan on Friday.
USA Gymnastics has been criticized for continuing to hold camps at the ranch, in some cases for athletes who were molested there.
“It breaks my heart even more to think that as I work toward my dream of competing in Tokyo 2020, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused,” Simone Biles wrote on Twitter this week.
“I hope they don’t make any of the girls go back to the ranch,” said Aly Raisman on ESPN. “No one should have to go back there after so many of us were abused there.”