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Polish tennis chief resigns after abuse allegations



Earlier this week Iga Swiatek and Hubert Hurkacz urged victims to seek help in the wake

of the allegations against the head of the Polish Tennis Association.


The head of the Polish Tennis Association (PZT) has resigned after the governing body

said he had become embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal.

In an interview with news website Onet published on Monday, Polish MP Katarzyna

Kotula accused Miroslaw Skrzypczynski of sexually assaulting her when he was a coach

in the early 1990s.

Skrzypczynski has also been accused of using physical and psychological violence

against his family and players he coached.

Skrzypczynski has denied the accusations and said he intends to prove his innocence in

court.


The Polish tennis chief has resigned with immediate affect. It was was unanimously

accepted.


Polish Tennis Association said it would set up an independent commission composed of

women to investigate the accusations.

Earlier this week, Polish players Iga Swiatek and Hubert Hurkacz spoke out in the wake

of the allegations.



Via Twitter posts, both urged victims suffering any sort of abuse in life to seek help.

Polish MP Katarzyna Kotula thanked them both for speaking up.

Skrzypczynski will be replaced as head of the PZT by former vice-president Dariusz

Lukaszewski.

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