MESSAGE ON BEHALF OF THE AFRICAN GYMNASTICS UNION ON CASES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
After the shock felt by the entire world community, and especially by the great family
of Gymnastics, we feel the duty to share our deep desolation and we denounce with
the utmost vigor the author of this scandal committed on dozens of young American
gymnasts and on victims of other sports.
The statement of the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Thomas
BACH during the 132nd Session in Pyeongchang, in addition to the merit of being
clear and unequivocal, challenges us as leaders at all levels, and it is with courage
and lucidity that President Morinari WATANABE spoke on the issue, welcoming the
high degree of responsibility of the authorities and parents of victims who have not
hesitated to tell the ordeal lived by theirs, while committing to fight with all its forces
against this scourge which may tarnish the sport if strong provisions are not made .
The African Gymnastics Union, through the voice of its President and on behalf of all
the Members of the Executive, wishes to express its feelings of compassion to all the
victims and their relatives, wounded in their flesh and bruised in their hearts, while
assuring them of our support to surpass these hardships.
During its last meeting at the end of January 2018, the Executive Committee of the
UAG set up a Commission in charge of Ethics and Discipline whose mission is in line
with those of the IOC and of FIG. This Commission will be systematically and
immediately informed of any discrepancy or incident affecting the physical or moral
integrity of practitioners in our sports, including the most fragile among them. The
dignity and the safety of our gymnasts are priceless and no sanction is hard enough
to stop this sporadic evil that is stirring the whole planet.
Mr Ali ZAATER