It's a work in progress, and how well that overhaul melds with the USOC
's core mission of winning medals will come into sharp focus starting a year from Thursday, when the first champions are crowned at the Tokyo Olympics.
Nike has been a USOC
footwear and apparel sponsor since 2005, and its current agreement, believed to be worth about $4 million annually, runs until the end of next year.
"We are truly humbled and honored to be the USOC
's choice to bid for a future Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games," said Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski.
Later Monday, USOC
chief executive Sarah Hirshland confirmed Ashley had been fired from his position in the wake of the report.
holds the power to determine which organizations can represent each sport at the Olympics, the process of decertifying an organization is usually only used under the most extreme circumstances.
The case of Larry Nassar, the doctor now effectively serving a life sentence for sexual assault amid allegations from more than 100 female gymnasts he treated, is but the most egregious instance of the USOC
's disregard for Olympic athletes.
and USAG can and will be made accountable by our justice system."
also announced that CEO Scott Blackmun is resigning due to ongoing health issues resulting from prostate cancer," the release said on Wednesday, Sputnik reported.
at these Games," USOC
chief of sport Alan Ashley said in a release, "and we look forward to cheering for each member of Team USA on the world's greatest stage.
In an open letter, USOC
chief executive Scott Blackmun wrote: "The USOC
has decided to launch an investigation by an independent third party to examine how an abuse of this proportion could have gone undetected for so long."
should have been there to hear it in person, and I am deeply sorry that did not happen."