Previously, scandals were reported in gymnastics in the United States, England and the Netherlands, where an investigation is still ongoing.
The letter was addressed to Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. It describes dubious practices dating back to 1985. These include forced fasting, psychological and physical punishment and sexual harassment. “For the first time, a large number of gymnasts are crying out for attention about psychological and physical abuse,” said Alexandros Adamidis, who acts as the athletes’ attorney.
The Greek Gymnastics Federation has not yet responded to the allegations. The letter states, among other things, that there were coaches who would hit, kick, push and throw objects at athletes during practice. Some girls are said to have been dragged through the gym by their hair. Athletes would also be forced to train even though they were injured.
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