Scott Blackmun, the CEO of the USA Olympic Committee, stepped down unexpectedly Wednesday.
The USOC cited “ongoing well being points ensuing from prostate most cancers” as the rationale for the instant resignation. Present board member Susanne Lyons will function appearing CEO till the place is crammed.
The resignation comes days after the Winter Olympics got here to an finish and within the wake of an investigation into the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal that shook USA Gymnastics.
“Given Scott’s present well being state of affairs, we now have mutually agreed it’s in one of the best curiosity of each Scott and the USOC that we determine new management in order that we will instantly handle the pressing initiatives forward of us,” USOC chairman Larry Probst stated in a press release launched by the USOC.
“The USOC is at a essential level in its historical past. The essential work that Scott began must proceed and would require particularly vigorous consideration in mild of Larry Nassar’s many years-lengthy abuse of athletes affiliated with USA Gymnastics. We will probably be working with key stakeholders to assist determine a everlasting successor to Scott. Within the meantime, I’m assured that Susanne is the best individual to assist us navigate this important transition interval.”
Blackmun, 60, turned the CEO in 2010 and noticed success within the place, together with securing the USA because the host of the Olympic Video games in 2028. He was not capable of attend the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang because of the well being points he’s dealing with.
“Serving the USOC and its many stakeholders and dealing with our board, our skilled employees and lots of others who help the Olympic and Paralympic actions has not solely been immensely rewarding, it has been an honor and the spotlight of my skilled life,” he stated in a press release. “I’m pleased with what we now have achieved as a staff and am assured that Susanne will assist the USOC proceed to embody the Olympic spirit and champion Group USA athletes throughout this transition.”
The USOC introduced Blackmun’s resignation on the similar time the committee revealed new plans to “shield athletes,” which incorporates making certain athletes have a stronger voice and elevated funding for inner investigations.