After the investigation into a rape and sexual assault case was closed,

Reactions to the Pôle gym de Saint-Etienne the day after the investigation closed into accusations of rape and sexual assault committed in the 1980s and 1990s on this site dedicated to women’s gymnastics. The case was dismissed due to the health condition of the lead plaintiff.

Going to the Olympic Games in Paris 2024. Young gymnasts from the French pole in Saint-Etienne are already experiencing severe pressure on their shoulders and train tirelessly. Over 20 hours a week on mats and devices. The French pole became the center of preparation for the Olympics and this is the first. If the press is invited on May 17, physical preparation and challenges will be discussed.

But what was the atmosphere in this Center of Sports Excellence the day after the opening of the “rape and sexual assault” investigation classification? In February 2021?

The case caused an uproar and shook the establishment: Six former gymnasts between the ages of 12 and 13 at the time of the events, in the 1980s and 1990s, filed a complaint. The file is now closed due to the health condition of the former volunteer coach. The case was dismissed by the prosecution. According to the prosecutor, the main accused Robert C. is not available for a criminal sentence and therefore cannot appear in court. The retired age is 80 years old.

Today, Jean-François Rasque, president of Pôle Gym France in Saint-Etienne for six years, declines to make further comments but notes : “I guarantee the integrity of the girls under my responsibility and the coaches who are under my responsibility. I will not comment on what happened 40 years ago.”. Precautions taken as per the manager: “We are part of the Colossi Society with feet of clay (…). We have put in place protocols to prevent boys and girls from finding themselves in the same places, and at the same time. Or trained and trained.” Exit also from home reception for gymnasts by coaches. current practices “Since years” which was “Cancelled”.

Caroline Jacqui, one of six former gymnasts from Club Paul de France in Saint-Etienne, filed a complaint against this former club volunteer in February 2021. Over a year ago, she agreed to testify.

The floor has been liberated to protect the heroes of tomorrow but investigators have not heard from the former volunteer coach involved due to his health condition. Today, the former player does not hide her bitterness even if she wants to set her eyes on the positive role of her work. “Knowing that all of this was not done for nothing. He has allowed other victims to speak out and maybe they can fix themselves too. That is the somewhat positive aspect of these two years, which has not been easyCaroline Jacoy explains.

Eric Haggard, the reference coach for the 2024 Olympics, who has been preparing gymnasts for over thirty years, has seen changes in styles and mindsets over the years: “What was done more than 40 years ago is no longer relevant. Mindsets have evolved (…). Today also the methods have changed, the way gymnasts talk to too. That’s what makes the difference.”He explains. French sport is now framed by legislation and texts. Coach Stefan has also worked in the United States. “Training is open, gyms are open to parents.” “I tried another system. When I worked in the US, it was already subject to very strict laws.” Did the case affect the way he was trained? “Today everything is organized, there is no longer any reason to face this kind of problem”

Today, coaches prefer to talk about the Pôle gym de Saint-Etienne, which has become a center for Olympic training. It is one of the two centers for preparing French athletes for the Paris 2024 Olympics. It is expected that many athletes will join the French national team and compete at the highest level. away from controversy.

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