Greece #Metoo: Women ending silence of sport abuse shake Greece

By Kostas Kallergis
BBC News

Publishedduration23 minutes agoSharenocloseShare pagelinkCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightEPAimage captionSofia Bekatorou met the Greek president (R) on Monday night and was praised for speaking out

When former Olympic champion Sofia Bekatorou revealed she had been sexually assaulted by an unnamed Hellenic Sailing Federation (HSF) executive, few realised her powerful testimony would prompt a #Metoo movement in Greek sport.

She was addressing a little-advertised online conference after all.

But when the sailing federation hit back at her allegations the following day, the whole story exploded. It said it had never received any complaint from Bekatorou and essentially asked her to name the man, since she had "taken the initiative to speak about this unpleasant incident after so many years".

Inspired by Sofia Bekatorou's courage and angered by the federation's cynicism, more athletes began going public with experiences of sexual harassment and abuse using the hashtag #metisofia (on Sofia's side). Now the Greek president has praised the former champion for ending a "conspiracy of silence" and the government says her story has shaken not just sport but society as a whole.