Gerben Wiersma stepped down as national coach of the Dutch gymnasts on Thursday, four months before the start of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

After all the commotion of recent months in gymnastics, the 43-year-old Frisian no longer feels like the right man in the right place.

Wiersma's name was mentioned last year in a study into unacceptable behavior in gymnastics.

Just like colleague Vincent Wevers, he was put on hold as a result of accusations by former gymnast Joy Goedkoop.

After completion of the investigation in September, Wiersma and Wevers were allowed to return to the gym, under certain conditions, but Wiersma has now resigned.

His duties will be taken over by Bram van Bokhoven, national coach of the men's team up to and including the Games.

“A lot has happened in gymnastics in the past period. I am aware that our beautiful sport is under a magnifying glass. he in a statement.

"That has of course also been a factor in my decision. It is terrible to hear about the negative experiences of young athletes, they deserve recognition. It is my conviction that the cultural change initiated within the KNGU is a precondition for a pedagogically responsible performance climate. "

Vincent Wevers' name was also mentioned in the investigation into abuses in gymnastics.

Vincent Wevers' name was also mentioned in the investigation into abuses in gymnastics.

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An investigation is still ongoing

Since last summer, a study by bureau Verinorm into unacceptable behavior in gymnastics.

Last month it was announced that there are already 223 reports of unacceptable behavior.

Part of this has been passed on to the Institute of Sports Justice (ISR).

That body reported in December that it was investigating the behavior of about 25 coaches.

The KNGU hopes to present the research results this spring.

The Netherlands has qualified for the Games with the women's team.

The KNGU will hold open qualifying matches in April and will determine the composition of the Olympic team in June on the basis of two internal matches.

The Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed by a year due to the corona pandemic, start on Friday, July 23.