Mark Meijer, technical director of the KNGU, announced this on Tuesday afternoon during a press conference at the Papendal Sports Center in Arnhem. The gymnastics union has thus adopted the advice of the independent prosecutor of the Institute of Sports Justice (ISR). That advice came about as a result of separate individual studies into trainers / coaches involved in the national gymnastics selection, TeamNL.
Zijp has received an order measure according to the official reading. It is a temporary measure, which is taken in the interest of the investigation and the reporting persons. “It is emphatically not a punitive measure, this does not mean that Nico is guilty,” emphasizes Meijer. “I cannot elaborate on the substance of the case.”
During the investigation, ISR can conclude that an order measure must be changed, after which the institute can come up with a new advice for the KNGU. For now it means in any case that top gymnast Volleman is not allowed to train with her coach; not at the club and not at the temporary central training location of the national selection in Nijmegen. “That is something that we will solve together, I am convinced that Tischa will be well received by the other coaches of the national team”, Meijer assures.
By the way, Zijp has been aware of the news for a number of weeks and has not been part of the temporary central training program in Nijmegen from the start. Zijp herself was not available for comment on Tuesday.
The measure against Zijp is also striking. Last month, the head coach of Topturnen Zuid in Den Bosch was one of the trainers who temporarily withdrew voluntarily to make way for the investigation into the abuses within their sport. “We must now especially listen carefully after everything the former gymnasts have been through”, Zijp said. “It should never happen again that someone is scarred for life by things he or she has experienced in sports. That is why priority must now be given to research and that must not be obscured. ”
Zijp also said that he did not fear the investigation. “I have been around for thirty years and I have sometimes noted that I have done things that I would not do now. But I am not afraid that I will not be allowed to come back as a TeamNL coach. My heart is bleeding now because I have to withdraw, but because of the process with the former gymnasts it is necessary. ”
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