Abusive coaches must be banned from Olympic Games, says former Singapore skater Jessica Yu
Former Singapore figure skater Jessica Shuran Yu has called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to do more to stop the culture of abuse ...
SportShuran Yu of Singapore performs her routine during the Ladies' Short Program at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland, Mar 29, 2017. (Photo: Reuters/Lehtikuva/Markku Ulander)11 Aug 2020 02:15PMShare this contentBookmark
BEIJING: Former Singapore figure skater Jessica Shuran Yu has called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to do more to stop the culture of abuse in sport, and to ban abusive coaches from the Olympic Games.Yu, who was born and raised in China, last month went public with the abuse she and others had suffered while training in that country.
AdvertisementAdvertisementAthletes in Britain, New Zealand and France have also complained about abuse and Yu, 20, says the IOC needs to step in and help protect vulnerable athletes.READ: SportSG says it will support former national figure skater who described training 'abuse' in China headtopics.com
"The IOC needs to do more, especially when they are the ones profiting the most from what athletes around the world endure," Yu, who won gold in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, told the South China Morning Post."Not every athlete who's abused is an Olympian. However, we've all dreamed of going to the Olympics – it's what we falsely believed we needed to endure the abuse for.
AdvertisementAdvertisement"The IOC has the power to make a change in this broken system. If they cared about us athletes as people and not just the profit, they would adopt a strict no tolerance mindset towards abuse."Yu said Singapore, the country she competed for internationally, was committed to bringing about real change but questioned whether China would do the same.
"A lot of different things would have to happen in order to bring about effective change within China," she added.Governing body Sport Singapore (SportSG) said in July that theywill support the former national skater.“Sport Singapore and Singapore Ice Skating Association (SISA) are dismayed to learn of Jessica’s plight in her sporting journey overseas," a SportSG spokesperson had said in response's to CNA's queries.
"The well-being of all athletes is paramount to the legitimacy of sport. Jessica has reached out to SISA’s Safeguarding Officer and the Safe Sport Taskforce, and we are supporting her as necessary."In an article last month in the Guardian, Yu described the"abuse" she and others went through in China, details she repeated in an Instagram post a day later. headtopics.com
"My coach would hit me using a (skate blade) guard ... Sometimes, he would strike at my legs or arms without warning."On especially bad days, I would get hit more than ten times in a row, until my skin was raw." Read more: CNA »
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