In a brief private region isolated from the remainder of the Indiana Convention Center by dark curtains, USA Gymnastics CEO Li Leung met on May 21 with James Cameron, leader of Security Concepts Group, a Las Vegas-based firm recruited by the association to give security at significant occasions like the Olympic Trials and U.S. Titles just as public group instructional courses.
For quite a long time Cameron, a veteran who had acquired a Bronze Star while serving in Iraq, had a progression of developing worries about competitor wellbeing at USA Gymnastics supported occasions, public group abroad outings and instructional courses. In any case, presently as he met Leung at a USA Gymnastics occasion in Indianapolis, one matter was especially squeezing for Cameron.
Six days sooner, he had recorded a report with the U.S. Place for SafeSport asserting that he and a representative had seen numerous episodes of mentors slapping or tapping underage female gymnasts on the hindquarters before two top USA Gymnastics authorities at the Elite Challenge, a cadenced tumbling contest in Birmingham, Alabama, an evident infringement of both the middle’s code and USA Gymnastics’ Safe Sport strategy.
Under the U.S. Place for SafeSport code “A Participating Adult disregards the Code by participating in unseemly actual contact with a Participant where there is a Power Imbalance. Such unseemly contact incorporates, yet isn’t restricted to, purposefully: – contacting, slapping, or in any case reaching the backside or privates of a Participant… ”
A similar language is rehashed in the Safe Sport Policy for USA Gymnastics, the game’s public overseeing body.
However as indicated by Cameron’s notes from the gathering, “Li reacted to this by asking, ‘How was the mentor slapping the hindquarters?’ She provided the impression with that single direction of slapping might be satisfactory. She further expressed ‘some might contradict announcing that to safe game.'”