Frankfurt / Main (dpa) - After an investigation into the allegations of athletes against the Chemnitz gymnastics trainer Gabriele Frehse, the German Gymnastics Federation considers “serious breaches of duty” to be proven.

The DTB therefore demanded in a statement on Friday that the employment relationship be terminated by the Saxony Olympic Training Center.

Several athletes such as the former balance beam world champion Pauline Schäfer had accused Frehse of harassing her in training, administering medication without a doctor's prescription and not allowing any objection.

The trainer denied these allegations several times and also during a questionnaire as part of the investigations, which the «Spiegel» first reported on the previous year.

It is about baseless accusations and falsehoods.

The DTB had commissioned a Frankfurt law firm to investigate the case.

Among other things, the report comes to the conclusion that “in 17 cases there are sufficient actual indications for the use of psychological violence by the trainer”.

Based on the findings, the DTB wants to bring about far-reaching changes in its structure and a cultural change.

"The mistakes and inadequacies of the past must not be repeated," said the association.

The report on the incidents at the Olympic base in Saxony offered an opportunity to “question and reform gymnastics in Germany as a whole with its structures”.


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