German gymnastics coach fired over bullying allegations
A German gymnastics coach has been fired from the country’s Olympic training center following an investigation into the bullying.
According to DPA news agency, the investigation into the allegations against Gabriele Frehse revealed that she had mistreated gymnasts.
Thomas Weise, director of the Saxony Olympic Base (OPS), revealed that they had ended their “working relationship” with Frehse.
His dismissal comes after a dozen gymnasts, including former world champion Pauline Schäfer, allegedly accused Frehse of verbal abuse and the administration of drugs without a doctor’s prescription.
Schäfer won gold on beam at the 2017 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Montreal, Canada.
Following these allegations, the German Gymnastics Federation (DTB) opened an independent investigation with the help of a Frankfurt law firm.
DPA reported that the investigation found evidence of “emotional abuse” in 17 cases.
Frehse has denied the allegations which first came to light following an investigation by the German news magazine Der Spiegel Last year.
The 60-year-old has also pledged to appeal the decision.
“I am convinced that this termination will not stand up to judicial review and that I will have to be hired again,” Frehse said gym media.
“The last word on this will not be the DTB or the OSP, but the labor tribunal.”
Allegations of abuse in gymnastics have been widely reported around the world in recent years.
Following the release of Netflix documentary Athlete A last year, which looked at the Larry Nassar scandal and saving the shortcomings of American gymnastics, gymnasts from Australia, the Netherlands, Great Britain, New Zealand, Switzerland and others countries have come forward to share their own traumatic experiences.
Earlier this week, the Australian Human Rights Commission released a damning report which found that a ‘win-at-any-cost’ approach had led to power imbalances, a culture of control and tolerance. negative behavior.