Olympic gold medalist Sofia Bekatorou claims she was sexually assaulted by official

Olympic gold medalist Sofia Bekatorou claims she was sexually assaulted by official

*Content warning: This story is about sexual assault. It may contain graphic descriptions and strong language, and may be confronting and disturbing.

Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou has accused an unnamed sporting official of sexually assaulting her in 1998 during preparations for the Sydney Games.

Bekatorou said the male official from the Hellenic Sailing Federation performed a “lewd act” after inviting her to his hotel room to discuss team preparations.

The athlete said she had made it clear that the act was not consensual, adding that she was left feeling “humiliated.”

She did not name the official but described him as having a senior rank in the federation.

In a statement on Friday, the sailing federation said it had not received any formal or informal complaint from Bekatorou, but urged her to make one.

Sofia Bekatorou has taken part in four previous Olympics starting with the Sydney Olympics in 2000. In Athens 2004 she came home with a gold medial, while in Beijing 2008 she earned a bronze.

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