Serious allegations of abuse in the Swiss Gymnastics Federation have further consequences: CEO Ruedi Hediger (63) also resigns!
“The Swiss Gymnastics Federation has been criticized in recent weeks due to various accusations of rhythmic gymnastics and women’s gymnastics. As CEO, I have overall responsibility for this, ”said Hediger.
Despite many cases, he remained in office for a long time
Since VIEW published several cases of rhythmic gymnastics in June, in which Nati athletes were allegedly tortured, insulted and bullied, four top STV executives have had to leave: First, national coaches RG Iliana Dineva and Aneliya Tired they were fired. After other gymnasts unpacked in “Magazin” and “NZZ”, STV sports director Felix Stingelin was also captured last week. So now Hediger is gone too.
The longtime STV official had been CEO since 2008, before that he was head of top sport. He is responsible for a number of serious cases where young gymnasts have been mentally and physically abused by their coaches. Until that time, Hediger had managed to stay in office, although several cases of abuse had been reported.
«I am sorry that under my guidance there was bad behavior and that the gymnasts suffered as a result. I am extremely sorry for this. This was never our intention, ”Hediger said on Tuesday.
Deputy Hunziker takes over
Now he wants to pave the way for a new beginning. “In the coming weeks and months, the measures already introduced and the various newly defined measures in the area of values and ethics will be at the center of STV’s work and not of staff discussions.” STV CFO Kurt Hunziker, previously Hediger’s deputy, takes over the operational management of the association on an interim basis.
The top management of STV also commented on Hediger’s departure. “Ruedi Hediger runs the association with great passion and passion for popular and high-level sport,” said central president Erwin Grossenbacher. “In recent years he has made a significant contribution to the creation of the independent ethics committee and, as CEO, he has also ensured the creation of new positions in top-level sport to better support athletes.”
Amherd wants an outside investigation
On Tuesday, the leaders of STV and Swiss Olympic were also invited to speak with Federal Councilor Viola Amherd (58). Curious: according to BLICK’s information, Hediger was still part of the group – only then did the STV announce the departure. The result of the meeting: The independent reporting office (reported by BLICK) should definitely come. “There is no way around such a reporting bureau,” says Amherd, head of VBS. In addition, the events are processed by an external investigation.
According to a spokesperson for STV, the VBS investigation has no influence on the external investigation into rhythmic gymnastics accidents by a Zurich law firm and the investigation into allegations against female gymnastics coach Fabien Martin, which is carried out by the STV ethics committee.