Following Wolther Kooistra and Nico Zijp, Frank Louter has also temporarily resigned his activities as a gymnastics coach. TON Almelo, the club where Louter is employed, is responding to the request of the KNGU gymnastics association.
If it is up to the union, trainer Patrick Kiens of Pax Haarlemmermeer will also take a step aside for the time being. He is the only one of the four club coaches who has not yet complied with the request of the KNGU, after many former gymnasts have blown out of the school in recent weeks about transgressive behavior and intimidation within Dutch gymnastics in recent years.
The union then announced an investigation and requested Kooistra, Zijp, Louter and Kiens to stop their activities while the investigation lasts. The results are expected at the end of 2020.
Earlier, the KNGU put national coaches Gerben Wiersma and Vincent Wevers on hold. The association does not have the authority to also suspend the four club trainers, because they are not employed by the association, although they are present at major tournaments such as European and World Cups to assist gymnasts.
'Everything must come to the surface'
Kiens and his club Pax Haarlemmermeer have until the end of this week to respond to the request of the KNGU. TON Almelo, the club of the retired Louter, writes that "everything must come to light" and advocates starting the investigation as soon as possible.
"And preferably starting with women's gymnastics so that the current TeamNL gymnasts can resume their Olympic program as soon as possible", says TON Almelo.
"In view of the KNGU's decision that the results will be presented before the end of the year, TON Almelo deduces that that part of the research for 'active sport' can be completed in one to a maximum of one and a half months. This is the only realistic solution to meet the current top gymnasts in their desire to participate in the European Championship 2020 and the Games in Tokyo in 2021. "
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