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Sex abuse in sports carries weaker punishment than match fixing

2:21 min

Within the world of sports in Sweden, coaches who sexually abuse their athletes get shut out of the sport for a much shorter time, 2 years, than in the case of match fixing or doping, 10 years.

The Swedish Sports Confederation is going to look at changing the rules at its congress next year. But change is taking a long time.

People already started criticizing the rules in the '90s, when a riding instructor was convicted of sexually abusing several athletes, including kids under the age of 15, and was sentenced to 2 and a half years in prison.

After, he was able to return to his work. He has maintained that he is innocent.

A new Swedish Radio documentary series called Hästgården was released today. The first episode is available in Swedish here.

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