Danish orienteering coach sent home for secretly filming female athletes

May 30th, 2016

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Competitors offered psychological help after ‘major breach of trust’

A Danish coach is accused of secretly filming athletes (photo: dbfrom1kb1 Amy)

A Danish orienteering team competing in the European Championships in the Czech Republic over the weekend came home with two medals on Sunday.

However, one of its coaches was sent home a day early after being accused of using a hidden camera to film female athletes in ‘bathing and sleeping’ situations.

“It is obvious that the members have been affected,” Michael Sørensen, the chairman of the Danish Orienteering Federation, told Metroxpress.

“This is a major breach of trust.”

Police are investigating
Sørensen declined to comment further, beyond saying that a police investigation is underway.

“Right now we are focusing on making sure that everyone involved in this unfortunate situation is properly treated,” said Sørensen. “We are not interested in whether or not a name is released.”

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Sørensen said that both male and female athletes have been offered counselling.

“The whole team has been affected – some more than than others – but the entire team has been offered the opportunity to turn to a sports psychologist,” he said

Getting oriented
Orienteering is a family of sports that require navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain, and normally moving at speed.


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