Protection against violence in sport
Federal Councilor Viola Amherd presents a package of measures
Sports Minister Viola Amherd wants to give the Swiss sports associations new ethical guidelines. She will inform the media about this at 3.45 p.m. today. Follow the media conference in the live stream.
Published: 11 minutes ago
Updated: 10 minutes ago
The Magglingen protocols have triggered a scandal in Swiss top-class sport. Former top athletes reported intimidation and humiliation.
It was a record of horror: in the Magglingen reports, former top gymnasts described how they were humiliated and intimidated in the performance center of the Swiss Gymnastics Association in Magglingen.
Now the Federal Council wants to react. Sports Minister Viola Amherd (60) presented the following measures to the media this afternoon: Athletes should be better protected against physical and psychological violence. And: Sports organizations now only receive money from the federal government if they are committed to safe and fair sports.
The Federal Council amended the Sport Promotion Ordinance on Wednesday; the changes will apply from March 1, 2023. This will make it possible to reduce financial aid for sports organizations as a sanction after violent incidents.
Associations should undertake to protect athletes
The basis for this is the “Ethics Statute”, which the Swiss Sports Parliament passed at the end of 2021. If sports associations and clubs want financial aid from the federal government, they must comply with these provisions, as the Federal Council wrote. The associations thus undertake to protect athletes.
The independent national reporting office, which has been in operation since the beginning of 2022, will be legally anchored. It is operated by the Swiss Sport Integrity Foundation. The Swiss Olympic disciplinary body, which sanctions violations, is also anchored in law (SDA/oco)