Sports Minister Freezes Canadian Gymnastics Funds

On Thursday, St-Onge told Gymnastics Canada CEO Ian Moss last week that he had informed that the federation or funding needed to speed up the accession process would be frozen by then.

This is an important action, but the Government of Canada is obliged to investigate decades of abuse in the country over decades.Said in an interview with Rob Koehler of Radio Canada Sports, General Manager of Global Athletes. Freezing funds is a hot headline. However, the victims continue to be speechless and the invaders maintain their immunity.

The announcement follows a letter from more than 500 Canadian gymnasts, calling on the minister to stop funding the organization.

In a letter issued Thursday, and four months later Share a devastating story After years of abuse, Gymnasts for Change, a group of 508 athletes, has repeatedly called for rigorous action.

This includes third-party investigations and suspension of funding, as was done in Canadian hockey.

Their first request made a few months ago was Gymnastics Canada, Sport Canada, and Now by your office, and to the great damages of children’s gymnasts across the country..

The letter arrives a week after a trainer in Lethbridge, Alberta was charged with sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl.

For the past four months, we have publicly exposed our souls and shared stories of the devastating treatments we have received in the hands of our sport.Indicates the character.

We have called for an independent third-party investigation to address the systematic culture of abuse that is prevalent in Canadian gymnastics.

“” The minister must now show leadership and order an independent investigation. »»

— — Quote from Rob Koehler, Managing Director of Global Athletes

Gymnastics Canada recently announced that it was outsourced McLaren Global Sports Solutions To proceed to Culture review Of the National Sports Federation. However, the gymnast refused the study. Purchased and paid by the organization surveyed..

The Gymnastics for Change group, which originally had 70 members three months ago, stopped funding to prevent taxpayers’ money from being spent on what is considered inefficient and harmful to whiten the survivor’s experience. I’m asking you to do it.

St-Onge has frozen funding for Hockey Canada after a state organization has dealt with alleged sexual assault and out-of-court settlements.

Thursday’s letter noted that Gymnastics Canada and Sport Canada were aware of a number of possible abuse complaints.

In August 2020, Moss told Sports Canada CEO Vicky Walker in a recent communication released by TSN:Soon there may be a wave of historic complaints from athletes..

In April 2021 and again in December, the Board of Gymnastics Canada was urged by survivors to begin an independent investigation into sports.

Gymnasts issued their first open letter on March 28, urging Sports Canada to proceed with the investigation.

According to this timeline, Gymnastics Canada and Sport Canada were knowledgeable about alleged systemic abuse in gymnastics and had the opportunity to act for at least two years, but did nothing and abused Canadian child athletes without intervention. I was able to proceed. We wanted a better, more urgent response from you.Add characters.

According to Thursday’s letter, the email to St-Onge was unanswered.

To date, your office has not taken steps to hold Gymnastics Canada or Sport Canada accountable, and all those who presided over this abuse crisis remain in an authoritative position.Wrote a gymnast. There was no accountability or meaningful action … I don’t know if starting the requested investigation prevented this latest example of catastrophic abuse (Lethbridge).

“” But your negligence sends a clear message to all young gymnasts that their sports abuse is not worth your attention. Your negligence sends a message to all invaders and predators that the season is open to Jim’s invaders. Your negligence sends a message to all accomplices of these abuses that they will not be held liable if they close their eyes. Your lack of action makes you more and more collusion. »»

— — Quote from Canadian gymnast in a letter sent to Minister Pascal Sto Onji

Gymnasts say third-party investigations can not only provide information to end their sports abuse, but can also send a message to all sports organizations.

Sarah-Ève Pelletier, Canada’s first Sports Integrity Commissioner, began processing complaints of sports abuse on June 20th. It was expected that complaints would be flooded at the same time as the opening, but it is unknown whether historical complaints have been received.

Our shared experience of emotional, physical, psychological and sexual abuse holds a valuable truth that needs to be revealed if we really want to change things. Survivors’ stories need to be investigated to understand how abuse has been rampant in the Canadian system for decades. Ignoring the past risks repeating it. And now, at gyms across Canada, the past is repeating. Abuse is repeated.And the kids pay the priceWrote a gymnast.

We need the Minister of Sport to work with us to initiate a long postponed investigation. The Minister of Sport needs to work with us to initiate the long-awaited investigation.The safety of Canadian children depends on your actions and courageI concluded.

Information from Jean-François Chabot