The most common form of harassment was hurtful comments during a game or practice, closely followed by shoving and punches. The survey also showed that boys who play team sports have it the worst, with 40 percent of the respondents subjected to harassment.
1,100 children between the ages of 9 and 15 responded in the survey, which was the first of its kind in Sweden. Lars Arrheniuns, Director General at the anti-bullying organisation Friends, was taken aback by the results.
"I didn't expect these numbers at all. It's very alarming that so many children feel harassed," Arrhenius says to news agency TT.