Under-fire USA gymnastics coach withdraws resignation

Mary Lee Tracy (pictured) reversed a pledge to resign on Friday. Tracy had drawn ire for comments she made in late 2016, when the first allegations of abuse against Nassar

Mary Lee Tracy (pictured) reversed a pledge to resign on Friday. Tracy had drawn ire for comments she made in late 2016, when the first allegations of abuse against Nassar

USA Gymnastics coach Mary Lee Tracy reversed a pledge to resign on Friday as controversy raged following an outcry over her appointment by victims of jailed former doctor Larry Nassar.

Tracy - named as USA Gymnastics' elite development coordinator on Tuesday - said in a statement on her Facebook page she was quitting following a demand to leave by the organization's chief executive, Kerry Perry.

'In an attempt to move in our journey to more 'transparency' and openness, I need to explain why I have to resign,' Tracy wrote.

'Kerry (Perry) gave me two options, to resign or be removed...'

But roughly an hour after her statement, Tracy said she had withdrawn her resignation.

'I have notified USA gymnastics that I am not resigning I was pressured to make a decision and I am seeking counsel! I appreciate all of the support from the community!' Tracy wrote.

A spokeswoman for USA Gymnastics did not immediately respond to a request for for comment from AFP as fresh controversy engulfed the scandal-plagued organization.

Tracy's appointment had triggered outrage amongst gymnasts abused by Nassar, who was jailed for life earlier this year for his attacks on more than 250 female athletes.

Tracy called Nassar 'amazing' and is accused of victim-shaming his survivors. The coach said in a statement on her Facebook page she was quitting following a demand to leave by the organization's chief executive, Kerry Perry (above)

Tracy called Nassar

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