Gymnastics: US 2012 Olympic coach Geddert suspended: report

This file photo taken on October 13, 2011 shows US gymnast Jordyn Wieber (R) celebrating her victory with her coach John Geddert in the women's all-around final at the World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo. (AFP)
Updated 23 January 2018
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Gymnastics: US 2012 Olympic coach Geddert suspended: report

CHICAGO: John Geddert, coach of the US women’s 2012 London Olympics gold medal team, has been suspended by USA Gymnastics pending completion of an investigation by the sport governing body, ESPN reported Monday.
Geddert, 60, was the personal coach to US gymnast Jordyn Wieber, but has come under intense scrutiny because of close personal and professional relationships to Larry Nassar, the former US national team doctor convicted of sexual abuse of young gymnasts under the guise of medical treatment.
“John Geddert has been suspended under the interim measures provisions of Section 10.5 of USA Gymnastics’ Bylaws. USA Gymnastics is unable to comment further as this is a pending matter,” ESPN reported the governing body as saying in a statement.
The bylaw provision cited is one allowing USA Gymnastics to impose interim measures to ensure safety of gymnasts, although Geddert could request a review of the suspension.
Wieber admitted Friday in a sentencing hearing for Nassar that she had been sexually abused by him, the first time she had publicly revealed the assault.
Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty in November to 10 charges of criminal sexual conduct with victims as young as six and dozens of women and girls have spoken out against him at a sentencing hearing that will reach day six on Tuesday.
Geddert operated two gyms that employed Nassar, ESPN reported.
The 2012 US Olympic women’s team won gold with all-around champion Gabby Douglas and floor exercise champion Aly Raisman joined by Wieber, Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney.
USA Gymnastics required Maroney to sign a gag order not to talk about the abuse she received under terms of a $1.25 million settlement agreed in 2016, only waiving the order last week.


Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir ‘100 percent ready’ to face England, says coach

Updated 23 May 2018
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Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir ‘100 percent ready’ to face England, says coach

  • Left-armer is fit after a knee injury
  • “He’s fine, he’s ready to go,” says team coach Mickey Arthur

LONDON: Pakistan spearhead Mohammad Amir is “100 percent ready” for the first Test against England at Lord’s starting on Thursday despite a knee injury, according to team coach Mickey Arthur.
The left-arm fast bowler was seen stretching out his right knee as Pakistan beat Test debutants Ireland by five wickets during a one-off match in Malahide, Dublin concluded last week.
Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood suggested Amir had suffered a recurrence of a “chronic” problem.
But head coach Arthur, speaking to reporters at Lord’s on Tuesday, had no qualms about the fitness of Amir.
“He’s perfect, 100 percent,” Arthur insisted. “He’s fine, he’s ready to go.”
As for Amir, missing Pakistan’s final warm-up match ahead of the two-Test England series, last weekend’s drawn match against Leicestershire, Arthur added: “It was his rotation. (Mohammad) Abbas sat out the first (tour) game, Hasan (Ali) sat out the second, so he sat out the third.”
Amir was the hottest property in world cricket after bursting on the scene as a teenager in 2009 and at 18 he was the youngest bowler to have taken 50 Test wickets.
But his world was turned upside down in 2010 when he became involved in a spot-fixing scandal after deliberately bowling no-balls during the Lord’s Test against England — an incident that would eventually see him sent to prison by an English court and given a five-year ban by the International Cricket Council.
Amir’s first 14 Tests saw him take 51 wickets at just a fraction over 23 apiece, figures that had him on course to be an all-time great.
But the 17 Tests since his comeback two years ago have seen him take 49 wickets at a more expensive average of 34.91
Amir, and Pakistan for that matter, have not been helped by the fact that those 17 Tests since 2016 have also seen 16 catches dropped off his bowling.
The stigma of his spot-fixing exile has started to fade, with Amir playing for Pakistan during their 2-2 draw in a four-Test series in England two years ago.
He also starred for Essex as they won English domestic cricket’s first-class County Championship title last season.
Now the 26-year-old Amir is set to be the leader of an inexperienced Pakistan attack.
England, who didn’t manage a single win during their recent seven combined Tests in Australia and New Zealand, collapsed to 58 all out in Auckland in March as Kiwi left-arm quick Trent Boult took six wickets.
And Arthur backed Amir to do similar damage
“I think Mohammad Amir is the finest exponent of pace and swing when he gets it 100 percent right,” Arthur said.
“We’ve used that spell that Trent Boult bowled in Auckland. We’ve had a look at his lengths.
“We believe he (Amir) bowls incredibly well at left-handers and there will be three left-handers (Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman and Dawid Malan) in the (England) top four.
“He’s ready, I just hope it goes really well for him because he’s been unlucky at times with the amount of dropped catches.
“He’s ready, he’s determined, he’s fit, he’s strong, he’s excited, he’s in a very good place at the moment.”
Arthur is unusual in having served as the head coach of three leading nations — his native South Africa, Australia and Pakistan.
But he was adamant he had no desire to replace Trevor Bayliss when the Australian steps down as England coach next year.
“No, I’m very happy,” Arthur said. “I’d like to keep going with Pakistan for as long as they will have me because it’s unfinished business for us at the moment. This is a very young cricket team and I worry if we move on what happens to these guys. Their fitness regime is outstanding, they are training hard and they are enjoying their cricket. I’m very, very happy with where I am at the moment,” he insisted.