A group of GOP lawmakers is threatening to dissolve and replace the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committees (USOPC) board of directors if its leadership does not take disciplinary action against athletes who partake in “anti-American” protests.
In a letter sent to USOPC Board of Directors Chair Susanne Lyons and CEO Sarah Hirshland on Thursday, the lawmakers — led by Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R-Ind.) — said they have “serious concerns about radical, anti-American statements” recently made by certain Olympic athletes.
The group argued that similar actions would represent the country poorly on the world stage as athletes prepare to compete in Tokyo later this month.
The group cited transgender BMX Freestyle rider Chelsea Wolfe — who said in a since-deleted 2020 Facebook post that she would like to win “so I can burn a US flag on the podium” due to the Trump administration’s position on transgender girls in sports — comments as an