Former skater Yu raises concerns about abusive coaches
SINGAPORE CITY (SINGAPORE) – Former Singapore figure skater Jessica Shuran Yu has urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to do more to prevent abuse in sport, and to ban abusive coaches from the Olympic Games.
Yu had gone public last month about the abuse she and many others had suffered while training in that country.
Athletes in Britain, New Zealand and France have also come forth complaining about abuse. The twenty-year-old athlete has asked IOC to help protect vulnerable athletes.
Yu, who won gold in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, told, “The IOC needs to do more, especially when they are the ones profiting the most from what athletes around the world endure.”
“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.”
“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, “A lot of different things would have to happen in order to bring about effective change within China,” she added.
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