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The former Brazilian national coach is sentenced to 109 years in prison for raping four gymnasts

The former coach of the Brazilian national gymnastics team, Fernando de Carvalho Lopeshas been sentenced to 109 years and eight months in prison for the rape of four athletesincluding at least a minoraccording to Brazilian media reports on Tuesday.

The former Brazilian technician was sentenced in the first instance on Monday by a court in the city of Sao Bernardo do Campo, near Sao Paulo, according to the portal Globe Sports, who agreed to the process, protected by judicial secrecy. Carvalho Lopes, who will appeal for being considered innocent, so he can await the appeal in freedom, was doomed for assaulting four athletes, one of whom had 13 years at the time of the events, according to the media, which did not specify the ages of the others.

However, against him there are more remarks: four years ago, 42 sportsmen they claimed to have been victims of moral, physical or sexual abuse of the coach in a journalistic investigation of the program Fantasticfrom Globo TV. Some of them participate in the judicial process as witnesses to events that would have occurred between 1999 and 2016, when the former technician directed the MESC club in Sao Bernardo do Campo.

Carvalho Lopes form a young gymnasts for a few twenty years and went apart u national teamn month before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiroafter a complaint from the parents of one of his alleged victims.

The man was part of the working group of the Brazilian team between 2014 and 2016, when he trained Diego Hypolito, silver medalist at the Rio Games, a source from the Brazilian Gymnastics Confederation explained to AFP. Hipólito assured at the time that he was not a victim of abuse, but as a result of the wave of stories supported the complainants.

In April 2019, the Superior Court of Sports Justice (STJD) disqualified Carvalho Lopes for life from carrying out any activity related to sports.

In recent years gymnastics has been involved in numerous scandals. In United States, Larry Nassarformer national team doctor, was imprisoned for life for having sexually assaulted for decades to less 265 gymnasts of high level, among them the legend Simone Biles.

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