The Greek president backed the Olympic champion after allegations of abuse

Greece’s first female president met on Monday with Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou, who expressed support for the athlete who publicly claimed to have been sexually assaulted 22 years ago by a senior sports official. Was exploited.

Sofia Bekatorou, who won a gold medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004, said last week that a male member of the Hellenic Sailing Federation had made an “obscene gesture” after being invited to his hotel room in 1998 to discuss team preparations. Was Numerous allegations of sexual harassment by other female athletes over the weekend’s mismanagement by sports organizers.

“I could at least act in recognition of his bravery and dignity,” Greek President Katerina Sakellopoulou said in a statement. “In meeting her, I met with all the women who have been abused, verbally or physically and physically injured by the moral cruelty of rape.”

Sakellapoulou became Greece’s first female president in March.

A senior member of the Sailing Federation resigned on Monday at the request of the federation and also resigned from the Hellenic Olympic Committee. The official, who was not named, was not charged or summoned by prosecutors, calling the allegations “false, defamatory and fraudulent.”

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and other prominent politicians have publicly expressed support for the 43-year-old Sofia Bekatorou, who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and six gold medals at the World and European Sailing Championships. And had the Greek flag in it. As the first athlete to enter the stadium at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games World Parade.

“I want to emphasize that my personal experience and this individual case is not my only concern,” Sofia Bekatorou wrote in a Facebook post late Sunday. “It’s about the abuse of power in general and the current administration of the (failed) federation in particular … for those still in the dark, we encourage you to speak up.”

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