July 12, 2018 / 3:28 PM / 7 months ago

USOC names new chief executive months after sex abuse scandal

July 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Olympic Committee on Thursday named Sarah Hirshland as its new chief executive months after its former chief resigned from the post for medical reasons amid harsh criticism stemming from the sex abuse scandal involving former U.S.A. Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

"I'm thrilled that Sarah has accepted the position and thankful to the diverse slate of candidates who participated in our process to hire the very best person for this important responsibility," said USOC Chairman Larry Probst in a statement.

Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York;

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