Entertainment A career in the shadow of abuse: Jan Hempel breaks silence in swimming

17:13  18 august  2022
17:13  18 august  2022 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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In an ARD documentary, the ex-water jumper talks about sexual assault during his career. Other athletes also raise allegations.

Mehrere Sportler und Sportlerinnen berichten von Missbrauchsvorfällen im Schwimmsport. © Photo: Imago Images Several athletes report abuse incidents in swimming.

the Bernat Picornell swimming pool. Here, at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, ​​Jan Hempel could have seen the greatest moment of his sports career. But the former water jumper failed, missed a medal. Well, 30 years later, he has returned to this place.

in the ARD documentary "Misused-Sexualized Violence in German Swimming", which is broadcast on Saturday (10:40 p.m./ARD), he reports what happened at the time. For 14 years until 1996, his then coach Werner Langer abused him. So also immediately before the Olympic competition in the toilet. "Everyone was silent," says Hempel in retrospect, "until today".

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But Hempel no longer wants to be silent. A few weeks ago he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and he realized that more and more disappear from his head. "Now I can still remember, but I don't know how long this is."

With his descriptions, Hempel is not alone, the Doku draws the image of a system , in which trainers repeatedly towards children and I take advantage of young people. Several affected people from swimming who tell of shame and are not taken seriously by shame and are not taken seriously - not even from their own family.

"He systematically built it up"

Hempel says that his trainer "left no time to let his wishes and needs run free". He was eleven years old when he was misused for the first time. Langer himself cannot comment on the allegations, he committed suicide in 2001.

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"He systematically built this up," says Hempel, "and my trust appears. He then exploited this for his purposes. ”Traces of it can also be found in Stasi documents, in which“ overnight stays with the trainer ”are documented, as the document shows. Langer himself was an unofficial employee.

It is one of the most serious allegations of abuse that a top athlete has ever made public. And they extend to the present, because Hempel also accuses water jump national coach Lutz Buschkow to have contributed to the fact that the incidents have never been informed. The ARD Bat Buschkow asked for an opinion, but did not receive an answer.

Hempel reports that he described the incidents to the top of the association in 1997 and accuses her of never working out, but only having separated from Langer due to an excuse ("Stasi past).

attacks at the games in Tokyo

It is not the first time that the German Swimming Association has to deal with abuse incidents. It was only last year that the “Spiegel” reported on the allegations against the former open-air water coach Stefan Lurz. This was sentenced to a six -month probation penalty and a fine and, according to the district court of Würzburg, is to refrain from "activity in connection with swimming sport".

from the documentary, however, shows that now seems to be active at the SV Würzburg 05 association, whose president is his brother, Thomas Lurz.

At the Tokyo Olympics, attacks are said to have occurred, as two members of the DSV delegation report in the documentary. This is one of the reasons why Hempel makes his experiences public: he believes that it is owe to others for the future.

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