The Dutch Federation has taken allegations very seriously. And especially the admissions of Gerrit Beltman, now coaching in Singapore.
Last week, the KNGU announced an independent investigation into all Gym Sports. And urged athletes to report abuses to the Center for Safe Sports in the Netherlands.
And now they’ve stopped the coaches of the current National Team from working with those athletes while the investigation is underway. Gymnasts can still train, but not with their personal coaches.
‘The stories are coming from all sides,’ KNGU chairwoman Monique Kempff told a news conference. ‘And if you want to make a cultural shift, you cannot take half measures.’
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___ original post from July 28, 2020 below:
Good news. Things have changed for the better.
The current Team Netherlands supports their coaching system.
The statement can be read on the Instagram pages of Sanne Wevers, Lieke Wevers, Eythora Thorsdottir, Vera van Pol, Laura de Witt, Tisha Volleman, Sara van Disseldorp, Naomi Visser, Kirsten Polderman and Sanna Veerman. Céline van Gerner, who stopped last August, also shared the statement. …
“The past period has been an accumulation of sad news from the world of gymnastics. First internationally, but now also nationally. Our condolences go to everyone who has had negative experiences in our sport.”
“We do not recognize ourselves in the image that is now sketched of Dutch gymnastics with regard to the stories of the past. Where in the past there was room for physical and mental flogging, this is a thing of the past …