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Damaged Deborah Gravenstijn steps down with fire still smoldering

19 Mar 2016 10:30

   Andre de Heus
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A plaster on an open wound is the step back of the Dutch board member Deborah Gravenstijn. The two-time Olympic medallist stepped down after the criticism to herself and her as a boardmember. Gravenstijn stepped down until 31 December she stated in her own release. “I was held personally encountable for aa decision which was made by a majority of the board. The board changed it’s mind though to bow for the pressure of the Technical Director.”

TD Henry Bonnes accepted to get back at his function after Gravenstijn stepped up. The 50 year old TD received a lot of support of a group of athletes who sent an open letter in the media.

Another group however was against the letter of the group of 5 athletes, so although the requested board member stepped up, the rumour will continue. Perhsaps now held within the rooms of the Technical Director and Dutch Judo Association.


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