Everyone in sport has the right to be protected from non-accidental violence, harassment and abuse irrespective of their race, color, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, disability, physical attributes, athletic ability or other status.
Non-accidental violence includes all forms of harassment and abuse and occurs worldwide. It is important to increase awareness of the indicators and impact of all forms of non-accidental violence.
All participants in Gymnastics need to know how to raise concerns and be confident that these will be responded to by their National Federation, their National Olympic Committee, Sports Authorities, or the FIG in keeping with the FIG Policies and Procedures. Everyone should be aware of the avenues and means open to them for assistance and support.
The FIG has implemented measures to prevent and respond to incidents of non-accidental violence, harassment and abuse. It is the responsibility of each national federation to adopt and implement such policies and procedures to protect their athletes and other participants in gymnastics. They must demonstrate strong leadership by identifying and eradicating unacceptable practices.
Victims of any form of harassment and abuse that occurred at any level within the national federation (NF), on its territory and/or involving members of the said NF, shall report according to the procedures implemented by their National Federation, their National Olympic Committee and Sports Authorities or other official safeguarding organisation in the respective country).
Should an incident occur at an official FIG event (events listed in the FIG calendar) involving individuals from another federation, or should a national federation member not have the opportunity to report internally for any reason, the persons needing support or wishing to report an incident will be able to contact the "Helpdesk" of the Gymnastics Ethics Foundation, which – subject to approval by the FIG Congress in December 2018 – is planned to be in place by 1st January 2019. In the meantime, all cases can be reported to the FIG Helpdesk and will be dealt with on a strict confidential basis, by the FIG Safeguarding Officer, in close cooperation with legal and other experts.