Italy launches probe into abuse of gymnasts by coaches
MOSCOW, 9 Nov – The Italian Gymnastics Federation (FGI) has begun cooperation and joined the investigation of the country’s prosecutor’s office in connection with publications about the cruel treatment of athletes by coaches, according to the organization’s website.
Previously, several Italian gymnasts, including world and European champions, spoke of cases of abuse, psychological abuse and humiliation by coaches. Also, the athletes said they suffered from an eating disorder due to the abuse of laxatives.
FGI President Gerardo Tecchi said the federation will shed light on all cases of abuse that have taken place.
“I am angry, disappointed, embittered and I can assure you that the federation is already openly and transparently cooperating with the prosecutor’s office to shed full light on what happened. I fully agree with the Minister of Sports and Youth of Italy, Andrea Abodi, that no medal can cost a person’s well-being. We are a close-knit federation, a family: we will shed light on this story until the very end and make sure that what we are going through will never happen again,” Tekki said.