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Former Brazil Gymnastics National Team Coach Accused Of Sexual Abuse

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| May 4 , 2018 , 17:03 IST

A sexual harassment scandal has seen the light of the day in Brazil where a former national gymnastics coach has come under investigation for allegedly abusing dozens of boys.

The scandal in Brazil follows the sentencing of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar to up to 300 years in prison for abusing more than 250 young female gymnasts entrusted to his care.

Fernando de Carvalho Lopes, who trained one-time floor world champion and Olympic silver medallist Diego Hypolito, was accused in a report by Brazil’s TV Globo of sexually abusing dozens of young male gymnasts while training them at his club near Sao Paulo in the past two decades.

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Petrix Barbosa, winner of a gold medal in the all-round team event at the Pan American Games in 2011, came to the media and told he was abused.

“I don’t know how many times I woke up with his hand inside my trousers,” Barbosa said.

Lopes was removed as national coach just a month before Brazil hosted the 2016 Olympics after he was accused that year of abusing two boys aged 12 and 13, as per reports by the Brazilian media.