“The gymnasts felt that their complaints were not heard. The pursuit of performance was prioritized, to the detriment of athletes,” Bart Meganck, the chairman of the commission, was quoted as saying by local media. Last year, the Flemish body said it had made significant efforts since 2016 to develop a more respectful collaboration between athletes and coaches. But some gymnasts said serious problems remained as highly successful French coaches Yves Kieffer and Marjorie Heuls faced bullying accusations.
Gymnastics coaches apologize after abuse probe in Belgium | Buffalo Sports “We recognize that our approach was perceived as psychologically transgressive, and we realize that some gymnasts were deeply hurt as a result,” Kieffer and Heuls said in a statement. “We regret that.”
The Flemish federation acknowledged that “mistakes were made.”
Source buffalonews.com The two coaches have received the support of double world champion Nina Derwael, who trains under their guidance.
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