Board Chair Anneke van Zanen-Nieberg has apologized on behalf of NOC*NSF to athletes who have fallen victim to infringing behaviour. Van Zaanen did this in response to the advice of a commission that investigated whether victims in gymnastics could receive financial support. NOC*NSF apologies in this case is the first time.
related to the amount of 5000 EuroWhich, according to the advisory panel, should be seen as compensation for the suffering they experienced. Van Zaanen said the National Oil Corporation* (NSF) is deficient. There were already reports before 2010. We could and should have seen him.”
“We failed to check whether the reports had a structural background and whether the recommendations were followed. We saw things as individual trees, but we didn’t see the entire forest. We sincerely apologize to the athletes for that,” said Van Zaanen, who said he would adopt the recommendations.
“This is the day when we do what we have failed to do in recent years. A sign for the athletes that we take them seriously, we listen to them and we want to look together to improve their situation.”
The outgoing Cabinet supports the advice to provide 5,000 euros in compensation. “I think it’s important that former gymnasts get the recognition they need to be able to close this chapter,” Secretary of State Paul Blochois (Sports) wrote to the House of Representatives.
It will contribute to the costs of the scheme. The minister also writes that he will pay “extra attention” to the supervision of applications from Victim Support Netherlands. “In this way I hope to contribute to honoring former gymnasts.” On Wednesday, the House of Representatives discusses violations in gymnastics.
In April, the gymnasts received an apology from KNGU:
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