Gymnastics association KNGU does not have to take coach Vincent Wevers to the Olympic Games. The Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal decided this on Wednesday. In summary proceedings, Wevers challenged the association’s decision to leave him at home. The subdistrict court judged him in the first instance, but the court ruled differently on Wednesday and stated that the union may afford the freedom to determine the composition of the guidance team itself.
It is true that Wevers’ employment contract states that he is a member of the support team at major events, but this does not mean that he has the right to always accompany them, according to the court. Another factor is that the number of selection places for the Olympic Games is limited and that the KNGU can ultimately decide for itself who the candidates are. According to the court, the association has “reasonably” decided not to include Wevers in the guidance team.
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In April, the association decided not to include Wevers. The father of the gymnasts Sanne and Lieke Wevers is under investigation into transgressive behavior in gymnastics. By leaving Wevers at home, the association hoped to create “peace and clarity” among the gymnasts.