Tokyo 2020 | Women’s basketball
The former international player denounces mistreatment of the already ex-coach, fired two days ago
The ‘Lucas Mondelo case’ broke out this Sunday with the publication of an interview with Marta Xargay, in which the former international player denounced mistreatment of the already former national selector, fired two days before for, supposedly, not having met sporting goals. However, at the bottom of Mondelo’s dismissal lies the “reprehensible” behavior of the Catalan coach, as described by the president of the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB), Jorge Garbajosa, who assured this Sunday that the body, Like Marta Xargay’s own family, they were unaware of the coach’s “abusive behavior.”
“The Federation knew the deterioration of the relationship between the coach and the players, but was never informed of any behavior of this type, but everything was limited to the scope of the usual relationships between a coach and his team. This circumstance was also valued, together with the non-achievement of the sporting objectives regulated in his contract, when after the end of Spain’s participation in the Olympic Games it was decided that Lucas Mondelo should not continue to lead the women’s team “, acknowledged this Sunday the FEB through a statement in which he expressed his “unconditional support” to Marta Xargay.
“The moment came when I had to put the person before the athlete. There are limits that must not be crossed and he (Lucas Mondelo) took me to a very ‘heavy’ limit. I have had many problems with food because of this person ”, has revealed in ‘El País’ the 30-year-old Catalan ex-player, who suffered from bulimia and orthorexia (obsession with healthy food) because of Mondelo. This interview was repeated this Sunday not only by Marta Xargay herself, but also by Anna Cruz, who last January said goodbye to the Spanish team also with harsh accusations to Mondelo, who led both in the national team and in the Russian Dynamo Kursk.
Marta Xargay has revealed some of the behaviors of Lucas Mondelo that led the three-time European champion and world and Olympic runner-up with Spain to provoke “a physical and mental revolution.” “It all started in Russia (2018-2019 season). They weighed us every week and he was always behind watching everything. There were several situations, in concentrations of the team (Kursk), in which he approached Sonja Petrovic and me and told us that we did not have dessert because we were fat. At that time, I weighed 67 kilos, and I am 1.82m tall. I was physically fine, but that made me very insecure, on and off the track, “says Marta Xargay, whom Mondelo” constantly “reproached for being” out of weight. ”
“Not even his family was aware of it, and we, of course, were not aware of it. If we had known … No behavior of this style is allowed, absolutely reprehensible on the part of anyone. No matter how demanding the sport is, and even more so the elite sport, these behaviors are absolutely out of place ”, proclaimed this Sunday from Tokyo Jorge Garbajosa.