Footage has surfaced of a young black gymnast appearing to be missing during a medal ceremony in Ireland.
The incident happened at an event in Dublin in March 2022 and in the video, which has been viewed millions of times in recent days, a judge awarded participation prizes to a line of children but ignored the black child, seeming to speak to her before. move on without offering a medal.
Four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles said the incident “broke my heart”.
The child’s mother, speaking on condition of anonymity, said she believed Gymnastics Ireland had not issued a public apology for the incident.
The organization released a statement saying it had received a complaint alleging racist behavior from the girl’s parents.
“We are aware of a video posted on social media regarding an incident that occurred over 18 months ago during a GymSTART event in March 2022 for which we received a complaint from the parents of one of our members,” can we read. .
“Subsequently, both parties agreed to commence mediation which was independently facilitated by Sports Disputes Solutions Ireland in accordance with our policy/procedure which led to a resolution agreed by both parties in August 2023.
“The manager in question fully acknowledged that what happened was not acceptable, but stressed that it was not intentional.”