Don Peters, coach of the record-setting 1984 U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team and tutor to a string of Olympians and national champions at the Huntington Beach gym SCATS, has been banned for life from the sport he helped build into an international athletic and marketing powerhouse, the Orange County Register has learned.
USA Gymnastics, the sport's national governing body, placed Peters, 62, on the organization's permanently ineligible list and removed him from the sport's Hall of Fame on Wednesday after at least three women accused him of sexually abusing young gymnasts in the 1980s.
"A USA Gymnastics' hearing panel has concluded the investigation regarding Don Peters and has ruled that Peters will be listed as "permanently ineligible" for membership in USA Gymnastics, and that Peters' membership in the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame will be revoked, along with any rights and privileges connected to either," USA Gymnastics said in a statement Wednesday. The organization would have no further comment, a spokesperson said.
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