F.Unfighting trainer Kim Raisner defended herself against allegations of cruelty to animals after being banned from the Olympics, but regrets her choice of words. “Yes, in retrospect you can perhaps say that was too harsh,” said the national coach of the German Press Agency at the summer games in Tokyo. The criticism of their behavior was “too harsh” overall.
Pentathlete Annika Schleu had been on the gold course on Friday until she was riding, until the horse that was drawn refused. With the words “Hit it right! Raisner Schleu had called for the use of the whip. There had been a lot of criticism about this, the world association excluded Raisner from the games and stated that the trainer had hit the horse with his fist. “I know that slap on the backside, too, that shouldn’t have been, but it wasn’t great,” said 48-year-old Raisner.
Raisner vigorously contradicted allegations of animal cruelty. “I am far from torturing animals. I love animals, I love horses, just like Annika. We don’t beat up our horses, ”said the long-time national trainer. The horse “didn’t want at all” in the situation on Friday. “Annika noticed that and there was just desperation. Of course I ask that, as a rider, she use the opportunities that she has and, with the help that is there, try to get the horse out of the corner. “
Professional association calls for “fair” treatment
The professional association of trainers in German sport has meanwhile called for “fair treatment of the national coach and the athlete”. In a message late on Saturday, the BVTDS also emphasized that the behavior of trainer Raisner and pentathlon Schleu was “wrong” from his point of view and was “rightly criticized in public”.
Both had been under high pressure to succeed, wrote the professional association. In an emotional situation they would have made mistakes. “Nevertheless, Kim Raisner and Annika Schleu must not be made the sole scapegoats,” it said.
Like the German Association for Modern Pentathlon and the German Olympic Sports Confederation, the BVTDS also spoke out in favor of adapting the set of rules. “At the same time, we demand a fair assessment of the situation from the umbrella organization and the DOSB, and differentiated and factual reporting from the media,” the letter said.