Polish tennis chief resigns over sexual abuse claims — RT Sport News

Polish Tennis Association (PZT) president Miroslaw Skrzypczynski has quit his post after allegations he sexually assaulted a player while working as a coach. Current women’s world number one Iga Swiatek was among those to speak out in light of the allegations.

“Mr. Miroslaw Skrzypczynski has submitted a declaration of resignation from the position of Chairman of the Board of the Polish Tennis Association with immediate effect. [His] the resignation was accepted unanimously,” read a statement from the PZT on Thursday.

Earlier this week, outlet Onet published an interview with Polish politician Katarzyna Kotula, in which she accuses Skrzypczynski of sexually assaulting her when he was her coach in the early 1990s. These allegations followed other charges against Skrzypczynski in an Onet article which alleged that he used physical and psychological violence against his family and other players he coached.

The former tennis chief vehemently denies the allegations and has pledged to clear his name, Reuters reported.

The PZT said in its statement on Thursday that it would establish a commission of three women, “whose task will be to examine all the circumstances concerning matters relating to [Skrzypczynski] which have been the subject of recent press articles, interviews and media reports.

“At the same time, we would like to inform you that the Board of the Polish Tennis Association has expressed deep concern about recent media reports from the very beginning,” he added.

Polish women’s world number one Swiatek, 21, weighed in on the matter this week, writing on social networks that “When it comes to physical abuse or psychological abuse, the most important thing is to think and be sensitive to the victims.”

“And when we talk about something that is wrong, we must first and foremost think about it”, declared the three-time Grand Slam champion.

Elsewhere, Polish men’s tennis star Hubert Hurkacz tweeted that he supports “all women and all victims of abuse”, as he referred to the allegations against Skrzypczynski.

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