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Athlete Convicted of Rape Selected for Paris Olympics

Athlete Convicted of Rape Selected for Paris Olympics
Athlete Convicted of Rape Selected for Paris Olympics

A Dutch beach volleyball player convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl in 2014 will represent the Netherlands at the Olympics.

Another athlete whose career was destroyed by a (second degree) sex scandal. Steven van de Veldea beach volleyball player, will represent the Netherlands well at the Olympic Games, while the man was sentenced in 2014 to four years in prison for raping a 12-year-old girl in the United Kingdom. Released from prison in 2017, he is now selected for the Summer Olympics in Paris (along with Matthew Immers). The Dutch Volleyball Federation and the Dutch Olympic organizers have stood by their decision despite protests.

“We know Steven’s story,” said General Manager Michel Everaert in a statement on the federation’s website. We spoke extensively with the National Olympic Committee, the FIVB and Van de Velde himself before he returned to the sport. Experts have judged the player’s risk of recidivism to be very low. But what message is being sent to victims? And it is clear that the presence of an athlete convicted of rape contravenes Olympic values.

A petition on Change.org calls on the IOC to remove the player.


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