LOS ANGELES: Olympic champion Simone Biles was less impressed on Saturday by the appointment of Mary Bono, a former US Congressman, as acting president of USA Gymnastics.

Biles consulted Twitter to contradict a tweet published last month by Bono, who criticized Nike clothing manufacturer after the company's advertising campaign starring Colin Kaepernick.

Bono posted a picture of herself hiding a Nike logo on a golf shoe.

"Participate in a charity golf tournament raising funds for our country's special forces operators and their families.Unfortunately, I had these shoes in my bag.Luckily, I also had a marker in my bag … ", writes Bono, who also has an answer that says" #BoycottNike. "

In response, Biles, sponsored by Nike, tweeted Saturday: "* Word of mouth * … do not worry, it's not like we needed an American president of gymnastics anymore intelligent, nor any sponsor, nor anything. "

Nike's critics were irritated in September by the company's decision to kiss Kaepernick, the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, who unleashed a political storm after kneeling. to the US national anthem in 2016 to protest racial injustice.

The tension is another setback for an American gymnastics federation in desperate quest for stability following the scandal of sexual abuse involving former team doctor Larry Nassar.

More than 200 women, including Biles and other Olympians, have come forward over the past two years, claiming that they had been sexually assaulted by Nassar on the pretext of treatment.

USA Gymnastics announced the appointment of Bono on Friday, claiming that she would serve as interim president until a permanent replacement for Kerry Perry was found.

Perry resigned last month under pressure from the US Olympic Committee after nine months of work.

His departure comes after the appointment and resignation of elite coach Mary Lee Tracy – who made favorable comments to Nassar in 2016, when allegations of ill-treatment against him began to emerge.

Biles, the all-around Olympic champion and winner of four gold medals at the Rio 2016 Games, will lead the US team at the World Gymnastics Championships in Doha from October 25 to November 3.

The team was named Friday at the conclusion of a selection camp in Florida.

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