Research agency Verinorm will present the report on the nature and extent of unacceptable behavior in Dutch gymnastics on Wednesday at 10:00.

Researchers Marjan Olfers (professor of sports and law) and Anton van Wijk (working for a research and consultancy firm in the field of integrity and social safety) have focused on both top sport and recreational sport on behalf of the KNGU gymnastics association.

The immediate cause was the Netflix documentary

Athlete A

, about the abuse scandal in the United States around sports doctor Larry Nassar and reports about abuses in gymnastics worldwide.

The KNGU announced the investigation in mid-July.

Not much later, the Dutch gymnastics coach Gerrit Beltman confessed that he had abused and humiliated young gymnasts during training for years.

This led to numerous statements from Dutch former gymnasts, in which other coaches were also accused of transgressive behavior.

A number of them had spoken of abuses before, but the accused coaches remained active for years.


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Report must lead to culture change

The independent research, funded by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, focused on mapping the nature, scope and approach of unacceptable behavior in both elite and recreational sports, among minors and adults in all gym sports disciplines.

The results are anonymized and accompanied by a series of recommendations.

The investigation is separate from the disciplinary cases pending at the Institute of Sports Justice (ISR).

The KNGU and the Centrum Veilige Sport Nederland passed on about seventy complaints to the ISR, involving a total of about 25 coaches.

Former national coach Gerben Wiersma was acquitted this week.

The KNGU will respond to the report on Wednesday. That's what Monique Kempff (chairman), Marieke van der Plas (director) and Mark Meijer (technical director) do. The report should lead to a further cultural change within sport.