Keyword: sport

French sports minister urges sexual abuse victims to speak up

As the world of sport in France was engulfed in scandal over accusations of the covering up of widespread sexual abuse of young athletes, and notably the rape allegations by a former ice skating champion and three of her fellow skaters against their former coaches, French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu on Thursday appealed to 'to all victims, past and present, to speak up so that we can find the offenders and prosecute them'. 

French ice skaters accuse former coaches of multiple rapes

Ten-time French ice skating champion and world championships bronze medal winner Sarah Abitbol has said in an interview this week she was repeatedly raped between the ages of 15 and 17 by her former coach who, along with two fellow instructors, is also accused by three other skaters of rape and sexual abuse when they were minors.

Racism and sport, a sorry story of modern times

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Mediapart's revelations about how officials at the French Football Federation planned to introduce an ethnic quota at its national training academies led to a huge controversy in France and abroad, the public excuses of those involved in the plan and led to two official enquiries. Above all, it sparked a wider debate about prejudice and discrimination in sport which, on an international level, only truly embraced multi-racialism in the final decade of the 20th century. Antoine Perraud charts how theories of racial supremacy have long poisoned sport which, he argues here, has become a supplementary vehicle for racist ideologies, beginning with those of the founder of the modern Olympic games, Pierre de Coubertin.