Head of France’s Ice Sports Federation Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Scandal in Figure Skating

The long-time head of France’s ice sports federation has resigned amid a sexual abuse scandal in figure skating.

Didier Gailhaguet said he was leaving with his head held high and without bitterness at the “injustice” of being forced out by the sports minister.

Several former skating champions have come forward to accuse three trainers of sexually abusing them as teenagers.

Mr Gailhaguet is not personally implicated. The alleged abuse happened from the end of the 1970s to the 1990s.

Speaking after a meeting of the French Ice Sports Federation (FFSG) council in Paris, Mr Gailhaguet, 66, said: “I have taken the wise decision to resign from my post… I have taken this decision with composure, with dignity, but without any bitterness before this injustice.”

On Monday, French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu asked Mr Gailhaguet to resign.

He led the federation almost continuously since 1998 – there was a hiatus between 2004 and 2007 after the International Skating Union suspended him over the judging scandal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.

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