12 Jan '18, 9am

The 1st Singapore national athlete to say: #MeToo

SINGAPORE: National hurdler Kerstin Ong has lodged an official complaint with governing body Sport Singapore (SportSG) accusing a former coach of misconduct. In a statement on Tuesday (Jan 9) signed by the 20-year-old and seen by Channel NewsAsia, Ong describes verbal and physical behaviour by the former coach which left her “uncomfortable”. According to her statement, she initially took the matter to Singapore Athletics (SA) and the association went about interviewing the relevant athletes in her training group. But Ong said some of her teammates – who were either witnesses if not on the receiving end of the coach’s conduct - feigned ignorance when questioned, and later retracted statements which backed up her account. She explained: “They were upset I reported it. They said I should always try to solve it from within. I guess you’re always taught to protect your coach. “...

Full article: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-...

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