An independent report on the gymnastics game revealed in aAustralia، About the culture of theTHarsh the physical, psychological, emotional and sexual domain.
The Australian Human Rights Commission indicated that the report revealed the penetration of the culture of bullying, and the contempt for the shape of the body in the upper levels of the game in the country, on top of which is the idea of the necessity of winning anything in return, which led to physical abuse and abuse.
“These results are shocking,” said the Australian Gymnastics Federation, which mandated the commission to launch the investigation last year.
“The Australian Gymnastics Federation unconditionally apologizes to all athletes and their families who have suffered these abusive behavior,” he added in a statement.
The Federation thanked all the participants in the investigation “who showed their opinions with all courage.”
What did the investigation find?
The investigation said that the majority of those involved in gymnastics are young girls, which creates an intellectual and psychological imbalance between the players and technical managers, which helps to spread abuse of this kind.
“The investigation found firm facts in the field of gymnastics, including that the vast number of young players contribute to creating an environment of risk and abuse culture, and to reinforce and support negative social concepts, mental images and norms centered on sex.”
The report revealed the domination of the culture of winning at all costs over sport, which created unacceptable risks regarding the safety and health of even young players, and although many players have strong and positive relationships with their coaches, there was an authoritarian use of these relationships.
The committee also indicated that it heard testimonies that included harmful experiences and behaviors, “including verbal, emotional, and physical abuse, medical negligence, sexual harassment, and bodily abusive practices, due to failure to control weight.”
“The short and long-term effects of these practices were profound on the athletes who played the game during the 1980s, 1990s and first decade of the twenty-first century, and who shared their experiences and opinions with us,” he added.
Last year, a number of top gymnasts in Australia spoke about the abuse and harassment they suffered in the field, and shared a number of related stories on their social media accounts.
And a large number of them said that they had dared to speak, after the documentary that spoke about the coverage of widespread violations between the players of the American gymnastics team.
Mary Ann, who won two silver medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, said she was “scared” to announce her story, but at a certain point, she found that athletes needed someone to stand up for them.
While Cole Gilliand, a gold medal winner in the same tournament, said in 2006 that she was feeling depressed and stressed during her peak in the game, so she left her, with the aim of preserving her health when she was 17 years old.