Greek gymnasts allege of abuse by coaches

Afp, Athens

8 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Greek gymnasts allege of abuse by coaches

Nearly two dozen Greek gymnasts alleged they suffered decades of abuse and neglect "bordering on torture" at the hands of their coaches, in a letter published on Wednesday.

The letter was sent this week to Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis by 22 female and male athletes, revealed by Greek daily EfSyn.

It alleged "harsh and abusive" practices dating back to 1985 included forced fasting, psychological and physical punishment and sexual harassment. There was no immediate response to the allegations from the gymnastics federation, which in March elected a new chairman for the first time in 14 years.