Elite gymnasts financial support threatened

Published tisdag 11 december 2012 kl 09.15
Gymnast. Foto: Scanpix
Photo: Scanpix

The Swedish Sports Confederation (RF) is witholding its financial elite support from the Gymnastics Federation until it "cleans-up its act" following a report which said elite young gymnasts were pushed too hard and were forced to undergo a training regime which focused too much on food and weight than what is healthy.

RF President Karin Mattsson-Weiber told tabloid Expressen that the elite support of almost one million dollars would be withheld until the gymnastic association presents a real plan which addresses the problems.

The research report by Mälardalen University Professor Jonas Stier discovered that gymnasts as young as ten were left hungry and ringing home in tears after being told to keep to a restrictive diet.

36 people were interviewed in the survey, twelve of them are active or have been active in national gymnastic teams.

It was last spring, after an investigation into Swedish gymnastics by newspaper Dagens Nyheter, that the gymnastic association launched an internal and external investigation.

Despite the claims, Professor Jonas Stier does not think that one can draw too general conclusions from the report.

"It is obvious that there is a lot that is good in Swedish gymnastics. On the main it is good. The investigation focuses on the smaller part which is not so good inside the national team gymnastics," he told Swedish Radio news.

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