Gymnastics world awaiting investigation Marjan Olfers | Sport

Beltman is presented by several gymnasts as the personification of the transgressive behavior in Dutch gymnastics and then went deep through the dust on his own initiative. The Netflix documentary “Atlete A” also contributed to the remarkable openness of many (ex) gymnasts. The documentary focuses on the scandal surrounding the American team doctor Larry Nassar, who abused hundreds of gymnasts (including sexually).

In the Netherlands, accusing fingers were reached at a number of coaches who were more or less involved in the national selection. The gymnastics association KNGU even stopped the top sports program for women completely on 29 July. This in turn led to fierce protests from the current toppers. On September 3, the national selection was allowed to work again with national trainer Vincent Wevers and other selection trainers. This is under the supervision of an outsider. “We are in a war that nobody wins,” said the golden Olympian Sanne Wevers (daughter of the national trainer) when the training restarted.

The gymnastics world is now waiting for the results of a major scientific study into unacceptable behavior and its approach within gym sports. This research is led by Marjan Olfers (professor of sports and law) and the results are expected early next year.

Many (ex-) gymnasts believe that several controversial Dutch trainers should no longer be active. But trainers cannot be suspended without proper (disciplinary) jurisdiction. Disciplinary jurisdiction is a form of jurisdiction that ensures that members of a particular profession adhere to the code of conduct. The gymnastics federation has outsourced the disciplinary proceedings to the ISR (Institute for Sports Justice).

At the beginning of this month it became clear that 63 reports of transgressive behavior have now been forwarded to the ISR. Multiple reports can be about one person. The ISR is currently investigating ten cases.


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