Gymnastics officials before a committee

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Gymnastics officials before a committee


After the serious allegations of eight former high-level gymnasts, several representatives of Macolin and the Federation are due to appear before the competent committee of the Council of States on Monday.


The Swiss Ariella Kaeslin with her trainer Fabien Martin, in September 2007, at the World Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.


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The Swiss Ariella Kaeslin with her trainer Fabien Martin, in September 2007, at the World Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.


After the serious allegations of former high-level gymnasts, representatives of the Macolin sports school and the Swiss Gymnastics Federation (FSG) are due to appear before the competent committee of the Council of States on Monday.

Last weekend, eight former high-level gymnasts denounced the training methods and mistreatment at Macolin in a report published in the “Magazin” of Tages Anzeiger, later resumed by the Tribune de Genève and 24heures. They raised serious allegations against national coach Fabien Martin. They talk about a culture of fear that prevails in the sports center and psychological abuse.

“We want such incidents not to happen again in the future”, declared the UDC Hannes Germann, adviser to the Schaffhausen States and president of the Commission for Science, Education and Culture (CSEC) on Saturday, also responsible for sport. This type of incident is not tolerable, especially since the institutions of Macolin are on Confederation land.

The Commission does not know to what extent the FSG’s efforts have led to a result and therefore wishes to support the process. For this reason, she asked for a hearing on Monday and summoned those responsible, Hannes Germann said, returning to information that appeared in the “Blick”.

Sports Minister Viola Amherd was also informed. The Commission would like his presence.

Physical and verbal abuse

Five former gymnasts revealed their discomfort in the press last June: they reported serious faults, physical and verbal violence in rhythmic gymnastics.

Following these revelations, the FSG fired national gymnastics coach Iliana Dineva. Felix Stingelin, its director, was suspended until further notice in July before the contractual relationship does not end at the end of October after twelve years in office. An ethics committee will have to look into the allegations and the association has ordered an external investigation.

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