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Discovery of Missing Documents Spurred U.S.O.C. to Act Against Gymnastics Federation

A trove of documents central to a sexual abuse investigation and long sought by investigators in Texas were found by U.S.A. Gymnastics officials at their headquarters in Indianapolis, pushing the United States Olympic Committee this week to avert the possibility of another scandal and move to take over the sports federation.

The belated discovery of the documents, and questions about who handled them or knew about them, led the United States Olympic Committee to move on Monday to seize control of U.S.A. Gymnastics, according to the Olympic committee, which had also grown increasingly alarmed by turmoil in the management of the federation.