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Alex Naddour, Olympic bronze medalist, banned by USA Gymnastics

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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2016, file photo, United States’ Alexander Naddour performs on the pommel horse during the artistic gymnastics men’s apparatus final at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The faces in the U.S. men’s gymnastics program are changing. Olympic bronze medalist Alex Naddour is one of the few holdovers as the 2017 national championships begin. Naddour and new high performance director Brett McClure are hoping to help guide the Americans back to prominence. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)

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Alex Naddour, the 2016 Olympic pommel horse bronze medalist, has been banned by USA Gymnastics.

Naddour’s suspension was on grounds relating to two USA Gymnastics bylaws, including one regarding allegations of sexual misconduct and the other on interim measures before complaints are resolved, but neither the gymnast nor USA Gymnastics said why he was suspended.

According to his Twitter, Naddour was trying to contact the U.S. Center for SafeSport, which responds to reports of sexual misconduct within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements.

“I have no idea what is happening or why, we are trying to contact safe sport for any information,” was tweeted from Naddour’s account Wednesday night. Naddour did not return messages seeking comment.

“USA Gymnastics cannot comment publicly on membership matters unless an action taken involves a public result, such as being placed on the list of individuals whose membership is suspended or who is permanently ineligible for membership,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement. “The U.S. Center for SafeSport has the exclusive authority to handle sexual misconduct matters for the entire U.S. Olympic movement (including gymnastics).”

Naddour, 27, also competed at the last five world championships, in addition to being an alternate for the 2012 Olympic team. He is married to two-time 2003 World champion Hollie Vise, and they have two children.

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