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Nassar judge, Olympians back USOC oversight push in Congress

DENVER (AP) — The judge who sentenced former sports doctor Larry Nassar to prison and a group of Olympians are backing an effort to create a committee to look into the operations of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

They joined Colorado’s U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette in Denver Monday to announce the planned introduction of the bipartisan bill Tuesday in the House. It mirrors one introduced in January by Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in the Senate, a standard practice in Congress. It would set up a panel of 16 people, half of them Olympians or Paralympians, with subpoena power.

It comes six months after a congressional report in the wake of the Nassar case recommended a review of the law that governs the USOC and how the USOC can use its authority to more actively protect athletes.