French skate coach faces probe into sexual abuse of minors claims

first_imgFrench prosecutors opened an investigation into claims of rape and sexual abuse of minors in figure skating on Tuesday as details emerged of allegations made 20 years ago against the coach at the heart of the case.The probe, hailed as a “strong signal” by French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu and in which “the words of the victims must be heard”, will focus on claims made by former world championship bronze medallist Sarah Abitbol.In her autobiography published last week, Abitbol accused coach Gilles Beyer of raping her several times from 1990 to 1992 when she was between the ages of 15 and 17. “He (Beyer) started to do horrible things leading to sexual abuse and I was raped at 15,” said Abitbol, now 44, in a video interview with L’Obs.The investigation will also “attempt to identify all the other victims who suffered… offences of the same nature”, Paris-based prosecutor Remy Heitz said.Abitbol’s claims coincided with sports daily L’Equipe publishing an investigation in which three other skaters accused Beyer and two other coaches, Jean-Roland Racle and Michel Lotz, of abuse and rape when they were minors.Further allegations of underage sexual abuse emerged from former swimmers and tennis players. On Friday, 62-year-old Beyer admitted to having had “intimate” and “inappropriate” relations with Abitbol, telling AFP he was “sincerely sorry”.”I acknowledge having had intimate relationships with her,” Beyer said in a statement.”If my memories of the exact circumstances differ from hers, I am aware that, given my duties and her age at the time, these relationships were inappropriate.”Racle has denied the accusations while Lotz has not commented. Sports Minister Maracineanu has called for the president of France’s ice skating federation, Didier Gailhaguet, to resign, saying he “cannot absolve himself of his moral and personal responsibility”. But after a meeting at the federation’s Paris headquarters on Tuesday, Gailhaguet said he would not make a decision on whether to step down until the investigation had concluded.”I, as federation president, will await the result of this investigation before making any decision on the resignation the sports minister asked for,” the 66-year-old said. Powerful figure Maracineanu, a former swimming world champion, does not have the power to sack Gailhaguet but has intimated that the federation would face state sanctions if he remains. Gailhaguet, who is due to hold a press conference on Wednesday, has been the most influential man in French ice skating since he first became president in 1998, some years after the alleged offences.He has headed the federation ever since apart from a three-year hiatus between 2004 and 2007 which followed a judging scandal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He was suspended by the International Skating Union for three years from 2002 and duly gave up, temporarily, the presidency of the French federation.Gailhaguet’s accession to the presidency opened the door for Beyer to take charge of the French national team. Two years later, another skater made a complaint against Beyer which was followed up at ministry level but not acted on by prosecutors.The report of that investigation, which has been seen by AFP, shows that Gailhaguet was aware of the nature of the allegations against Beyer. In a letter addressed to him and dated February 8, 2000, the parents of a young skater outline Beyer’s inappropriate behaviour towards their daughter, who was 17, during a training camp.According to the letter which relates to an incident in July 1999, Beyer was “under the effects of alcohol” when he sat on the girl’s bed. After talking he said he would leave but asked if he could kiss her. She declined.”It would be desirable, not to say essential … that this gentleman never again gets close to adolescent skaters who are minors,” the parents said in the letter.Beyer did not comment on those claims when contacted by AFP.The 2000 inquiry led the sports ministry to remove him from his technical role at the federation, but he remained a coach at club level and held an executive position at the federation until 2018.On Tuesday, former Olympic champion Gwendal Peizerat, who won the 2002 ice dance gold with Marina Anissina, said the revelations were “the tip of the iceberg”.”We’re talking about rape, harassment … Didier Gailhaguet is not the moral example we should be showing our children,” said Peizerat, who unsuccessfully challenged Gailhaguet as skating chief in a 2014 election.Topics :last_img read more

Months in, two of KPK’s key graft suspects remain at large

first_imgNurhadi was named a suspect in December for allegedly accepting bribes amounting to Rp 46 billion (US$3.2 million) in connection to three cases handled by the country’s highest court between 2011 and 2016.Harun Masiku, meanwhile, was named a suspect in January in a bribery case implicating the ruling party PDI-P, allegedly related to his efforts to secure a seat as a lawmaker in the House of Representatives. The KPK has also named General Elections Commissioner (KPU) Wahyu Setiawan a suspect in the same case.Nurul said that after being named suspects, the two had taken themselves off the grid by not using communication methods such as mobile phones, which further complicated the search process.Nurul also said the KPK had not found any indications they were being hidden, but declined to provide further details about the KPK’s search methods and the locations that had been scoped out. He asserted that the antigraft body would continue its search for the suspects.Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly, who is also a senior PDI-P politician, came under fire, as the public and experts lambasted him over an alleged cover up after the Immigration Directorate General, which his ministry oversees, released information that Harun had fled to Singapore and that he was still out of the country when he was named a suspect.It was later discovered that Harun had departed for Singapore on Jan. 6 and returned to Indonesia on Jan. 7 before the KPK named him a suspect the following day. The revelation triggered the dismissal of Ronnie Sompie, the immigration director general, and the formation of a special fact-finding team that ended up blaming an error in the immigration database for the false information that was provided regarding Harun’s whereabouts. (mfp) The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has not yet been able to arrest two key graft suspects who are still on the loose, former Supreme Court secretary Nurhadi and politician from the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Harun Masiku, months after the antigraft agency named them suspects in two separate cases.KPK deputy chairman Nurul Ghufron said efforts to discover the whereabouts of the two suspects had been unsuccessful.“We have searched in 13 locations indicated to be their location, but we have had no results yet,” Nurul said on Friday. Topics :last_img read more

A look at how Boko Haram continues to affect lives

first_imgBoko Haram continues to affect the lives of people across the Lake Chad region.CCTV’s Sophia Adengo met one community struggling to deal with the impact of the militant group.She filed this report.last_img

Lady Bulldogs Battle Lady Owls In Soccer

first_imgThe Batesville Girls JV Soccer team kicked off their season Saturday against the Seymour Owls. The ladies fought hard in the first half and only allowed the Owls to score one goal. Leading into halftime, the Bulldogs were trailing Seymour 1-0. In the second half, the Bulldogs  unfortunately fouled within their goal box and the Owls were awarded a penalty kick, which resulted in widening the score difference to 2-0. When the final buzzer sounded the Bulldogs lost 3-0. Hailey Lipps led the Bulldog’s defense in plays stopped and also contributed to many offensive attacks as well. Laney Flynn tracked the ball up top time and time again, pressuring the Owls into mistakes, but the Bulldogs remained scoreless. The JV team’s next game is August 29th against the Greensburg Pirates.  Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Griggs.The Batesville Lady Bulldogs started off their 2019 season on Saturday morning as they traveled to Seymour to face the Lady Owls. The Lady Bulldogs were back on their heels for the first 10 minutes as the Lady Owls were able to earn 3 corners and put pressure on the Batesville defense. The Lady Bulldogs were up to the challenge and had some opportunities on the offensive end but could not come up with a goal. Midway through the first half, the Lady Bulldog defense turned the ball over in their own territory and Bailey Lykins capitalized on the mistake as she rifled a shot in the upper 90 and past Olive Cerniglia’s outstretched arms.In the second half, it was a back and forth game as both teams both were able to mount several attacks but both defenses held strong. Each team recorded 5 shots in the half but the score remained 1-0 in favor of the Lady Owls. With 4:02 left in the game, the teams exited the field because of lightning and storms in the area. After an hour weather delay, the teams got back on the field to finish the game. Batesville was not able to produce any real scoring threat and the game ended 1-0. “Playing a quality team in game 1 was new for us this year and I think it showed in our performance today. We had some quality chances that we just couldn’t put away. We will bounce back and begin to finish those chances with a little more game experience. “ Coach Laker commented on the game.Batesville is now 0-1 on the season and will return to the pitch on Tuesday night as they travel to Union County.last_img read more

Ihonvbere Wins IBB Ladies Closed Championship

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaGrace Ihonvbere at the weekend emerged the overall winner of the 17th IBB Golf Club Ladies Closed Championship in Abuja. The 15-handicapper exhibited relentless character on her to victory on a sun-drenched golf course, winning with a five-shot margin.It was a special win as she will have the honour of being the club lady champion till October next year. A combined field of 160 players, 110 gentlemen and 50 ladies, competed in the 18-hole event.Ihonvbere saved shots that turned the game on the head on the back-nine, taking advantage of the high scores across the board. She eased her way into the tournament with a net score of 78 after a quadruple bogie eight start on par 4, Hole number one, nearly lowered her confidence. “Overall, I am glad I won the tournament after a shaky start. Besides the weather was hot and I felt that I was going to pass out. Hard-work is rewarded in golf and eventually my effort on the practice range paid off in the long run. I just ploughed on, played some bad holes and goods holes. Now I am the champion,” Ihonvbere chuckled.Nanwon Nanven shot 83 nett to win the ladies Handicap 0-18 prize ahead Adekunbi Usman (85), Anne Abimiku (91), Mirabel Edozie (92) and Nanfe Audu, who wound up in fifth place with 95 nett.C. Osarunwenwense won the men category 1 (HDC 0-12) prize with a nett score of 72, while Michael Adeleke finished three strokes outside the lead for second position.The Lady Captain, Lami Ahmed, expressed delight at the number of players that turned out at the event. She added that the closed competition, aside from helping the ladies to evaluate their skills and ability has similarly brought them together to play with the gentlemen as a team, fostering the spirit of love friendship and understanding.The ceremonial tee shot was performed by former Minister of State for Science and Technology Mrs Pauline Tallen.Tallen said she was excited to finally step on a golf course for the first since 1994 when friends had been selling the idea of golf to her.The political figure said was excited and impressed to find time and relax among fellow ladies, adding that the women style is different, simple and unique.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

USG tackles on-campus solicitations

first_imgUSG passed a resolution Tuesday night to work with administrators to regulate the activity of solicitors on campus. As a result of student feedback through a survey, USC will create a new section in SCampus to define the university’s policy regarding on-campus solicitation.USG Residential Senator Matthew Prusak spearheaded USG’s effort to reform USC’s on-campus solicitation policies.“This resolution is seeking clarity. I interviewed solicitors, as well as the scheduling office and DPS. It turns out there is no policy, rather a ‘checkerboard’ of different policies,” Prusak said.According to the recent online survey, 99 percent of the student body reported being approached by solicitors asking for financial or commercial gain for themselves or their organization.“This resolution has been a long time coming,” Prusak said. “I’ve been doing research this semester … the student feedback was overwhelmingly negative.”Eighty percent of students surveyed reported feeling uncomfortable as the result of an experience involving on-campus solicitors. Furthermore, 82 percent of students surveyed supported banning solicitor activity on campus altogether.Though survey results indicate students resent solicitation overall, Prusak acknowledged that the actions of a few solicitors could have skewed student perception of solicitors in general. He said he believes representatives of approved organizations can benefit from the resolution, which will not ban solicitation altogether, but clearly define policies and regulate them more closely.“There seems to be a consensus that if you ignore one solicitor, you tend to ignore them all. This resolution could actually be helpful for solicitors who operate from a table or stationary location,” Prusak said.In the survey, students reported individual solicitors acting in an offensive manner. There were reports of solicitors interfering with campus tours, obstructing bike lanes and even sexually harassing students in some cases.“There seems to be a lot of ignorance. Going forward, we want to educate solicitors on what they can and cannot do,” Prusak said.USG will work with administrators to create a policy that best represents the interests of the student body. Once enacted, DPS will enforce the new policy on campus.“I really like this resolution. This is an issue that we need to put into policy in order to be dealt with,” Greek Senator Jamie Dick said.Two hundred and seventy-six students participated in the online survey, which was conducted by USG in late October. The resolution passed in the Senate by a unanimous vote. Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

COLUMN: Sarkisian deserves respect at this time

first_imgCome on now, Trojans. I know that we pride ourselves on being the school that everyone loves to hate, and we have more rivalries than you can count on one hand, but when one of our own is struggling, it’s hardly a cause for celebration.You might not agree with his coaching style, and you certainly have the right to dislike him after Thursday night’s loss to Washington and his 3-2 record this season, but he’s one of us and Steve Sarkisian deserves your respect.I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on social media celebrating Sark’s temporary dismissal and eventual termination. If Sark had been fired immediately after the Washington game, or if this was the end of the season and Haden announced that Sark wouldn’t be returning, that would be one thing.But this is something bigger than his job as head coach and bigger than sports. This is about Sarkisian’s well-being and livelihood. This is about his personal struggle. He is the father of three young children who are now dealing with a very public meltdown.Many reports are claiming that Sarkisian’s drinking is a result of his divorce and continued family problems. Instead of celebrating Sarkisian’s absence, the Trojan Family should wish him well in his time of struggle.When Yankees pitcher C. C. Sabathia announced earlier this month that he would not join his team in the postseason so that he could seek treatment for this alcohol addiction, people had nothing but respect for him and applauded him for his courage and bravery. While Sabathia’s leave was voluntary and Sarkisian’s was forced, the issue at hand is the same.Furthermore, the football team isn’t really any better off without Sarkisian than they were with him. It’s not like Pat Haden has gone out and hired a five-star replacement for Sarkisian. Instead, offensive coordinator Clay Helton will take over as head coach and lead a reeling Trojan team to South Bend to face the No. 14 team in the country. And it doesn’t get any easier from there. The Trojans will return home to face No. 4 Utah and then head north to take on a strong Cal team.Furthermore, all of the confusion and drama that this situation has caused will only serve as a distraction to the team. The players have worked hard to prepare for this season and losing a head coach is nothing but a disappointment, especially for the older players like senior quarterback Cody Kessler who have been through two head coaches and two interim coaches.The football team is facing an uphill battle after getting off to a 3-2 start overall and 1-2 in the Pac-12, and losing Sarkisian doesn’t make that any easier. Helton has been the interim coach before and is 1-0 in that position, and there is plenty of amazing talent left on the field for the Trojans. We have a capable quarterback with plenty of great offensive weapons and a strong defense. It is up to Helton to take charge of the team and fight on in the face of adversity and finish the season the way the team is capable of.Meanwhile, it is up to Sarkisian to also be strong during a difficult time and focus on regaining his health. I hope he is able to get the help he needs and have a successful coaching career at another university.If nothing more, he deserves some privacy and respect in this difficult time.Regan Estes is a junior majoring in public relations and Spanish. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Wild Wild Westes,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

Syracuse wins 4th consecutive conference title

first_imgNo. 2 Syracuse placed three runners in the top five and each of the five scoring runners finished in the top 20. The Orange was paced by sophomore Justyn Knight, who finished second after Virginia Tech’s Thomas Curtin passed Knight down the stretch of the 8 kilometer course. Knight’s time was 23:24.3.Syracuse claimed its fourth straight conference title, the last three in the Atlantic Coast, and sixth league crown in seven years on Friday. Colin Bennie (23:31.4) took fourth and 2014 champion Martin Hehir (23:37.4) finished fifth. Knight, Bennie and Hehir have finished in the top six in each of their races this season.Syracuse’s 46 points were well ahead of runner-up No. 12 North Carolina State (95). No. 7 Virginia (115), No. 18 Virginia Tech (120) and Louisville (130) rounded out the top five. This is the Orange’s first conference championship since Mark Coyle was hired as director of athletics in June.“We pretty much knew that Shaun Thompson from Duke and Thomas Curtin from Virginia Tech were going to force the issue a bit and our guys just wanted to sit on that and be dictated to for the first 5k,” SU head coach Chris Fox told “We went two, four, five today and that’s been happening all season. Colin Bennie probably ran his best race ever today for fourth place and Justyn has come up short by a half second in each of his last two invitationals, but I think he’ll be right in the mix at nationals.” Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 30, 2015 at 6:21 pm Contact Sam: | @Sam4TRlast_img read more

Line up for County quarter finals decided

first_imgPortroe pushed on in extra time to win 2-26 to 1-20.In the second game at the Ragg, Eire Óg Annacarthy defeated Lorrha Dorrha 2-18 to 2-14, Lorrha storming back in to the game but Eire Óg held on.In Toomevara, the two North teams emerged as Kilruane McDonaghs defeated JK Brackens 1-21 to 1-9, while Kildangan beat Upperchurch Drombane 2-16 to 1-10.In Cashel at the evening game, Thurles Sarsfields were too strong for Mullinahone running out 3-25 to 2-18 winners.Three first half goals by Pa Bourke, Lar Corbett and Aiden McCormack were enough for Sars to establish a foothold on the game.Afterwards Sarsfields manager Paddy McCormack told Tipp FM Sport that he was glad to be in the quarter finals but they need to improve. Nenagh Eire Óg are through to the next round after a convincing 1-21 to 0-10 win over Roscrea, Paddy Murphy netted the all important score in that one.Portroe emerged victorious after a titanic struggle with Killenaule at the Ragg. The teams were tied at the end of normal time as county footballer Kevin O’Halloran scored a vital point from out the field to level it up. last_img read more

WWC: Scotland knocked out after 3-3 draw with Argentina

first_imgScotland are out of the Women’s World Cup after a twice taken added-time penalty gave Argentina a dramatic draw.The Scots needed to win and Kim Little turned in their opener before Jen Beattie and Erin Cuthbert netted from corners after the break.Milagros Menendez then Florencia Bonsegundo replied for Argentina.A VAR-awarded spot-kick taken by Bonsegundo was saved by Alexander but she was off her line and the striker agonisingly scored second time around.With 16 minutes to play, Shelley Kerr’s Scots were on course to be one of the four best third-placed sides going into Thursday’s final fixtures in Groups E and F but Argentina’s recovery consigned the Scots to bottom place in Group D.And Scotland captain Rachel Corsie was unhappy that referee Hyang-ok Ri allowed an Argentina free-kick to be taken while substitute Fiona Brown was coming on as a substitute, with another sub, Sophie Howard ultimately penalised for her challenge on Aldana Cometti. Source: BBClast_img read more