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Polish Tennis Federation president resigns after sexual abuse allegations

Miroslaw Skrzypczynski, President of the Polish Tennis Federation, has resigned from his position after the testimonies of some tenitas who spoke of the alleged sexual abuse suffered by Skrzypczynski when he was a coach.

The Polish website Onet published the anonymous testimonials of players, minors, who had allegedly been abused by Skrzypczynski. He defended himself by asking for the names of the women who accused her. It was then that Katarzyna Kotula, a Polish parliamentarian, stepped forward and told her about her experience when she played tennis in her youth. She recounted the “abuses suffered for three years” and noted that other young players also suffered them.

Iga Swiatek, number 1 of the WTA, and Hubert Hurkacz, asked the authorities to react to these accusations while showing their support for the players who had suffered this situation.

The Polish Federation announced in a statement that Vice President Dariusz ukaszewski takes over as the new president. “At the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Polish Tennis Association, which took place on November 24, 2022, Mr. Mirosaw Skrzypczyski submitted a declaration of resignation from the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Polish Tennis Association with immediate effect. Mirosaw Skrzypczyski’s resignation was unanimously accepted,” the statement said.

The Board of Directors of the Polish Tennis Federation announced the Commission set up to investigate accusations against Skrzypczynski. Said commission will be made up of women, whose names and responsibilities will be announced on November 30.

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