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Gymnastics: France coach fired shortly after alcohol problem

An internship in Palma de Mallorca sealed his fate. A week after the return of the French gymnasts preparing for the selection for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, James Blato, president of the French Gymnastics Federation, did not hesitate for a second. In the “Team” columns, the head of the gym explains why he is going to land Vitaly Marynich, the current coach of the French men’s team.

“I was warned that there was a problem with alcohol in this course, as well as inappropriate language, especially in relation to the physical therapist,” explains Blato. These two things seem serious enough to me to suspend cooperation with Vitaly. We fight every day on issues of ethics and violence, all kinds of violence. There, when it comes to a project manager who has to lead and lead a group, this is unacceptable. Basically, we get an exception. I’m not in the mood, the decision is easy to make. »

Vitaly Marynich, 52, has been in office since September 2021. With an arm-length resume, including three world titles while he was a gymnast and one as a coach at the head of the U.S. qualifying group, the French leaders were thinking of drawing the right number with the Ukrainian.

The latter did not dispute the facts. He should soon explain himself to the Ministry of Sports. A meeting that should not change the course of things. What’s more, since last Tuesday, Kevin Rabo, national technical director, has taken his place.

Source: Le Parisien

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