Singapore sports agency ‘dismayed’ over figure skater’s abuse claims in China

Published July 24, 2020, 6:29 PM

by Agence-France-Presse

Shuran Yu Skate
In this file photo taken on August 27, 2017, Singapore’s Shuran Yu competes during the free skating event of the women’s singles figure skating finals at the Malaysia National Ice Skating Stadium (MYNISS) during the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Singapore’s national sports agency said Friday it was “dismayed” to learn of a figure skater’s claims that she suffered physical and mental abuse while training in China. 

Jessica Shuran Yu, who was born and trained in China but competed internationally for Singapore, said her coach hit her, drew blood from her shin with skate blades, and hurled insults at her and fellow athletes.

She said in an Instagram post that there was a “toxicity that plagues aesthetic sports like gymnastics and figure-skating.”

Sport Singapore said it was “dismayed to learn of Jessica’s plight in her sporting journey overseas” and was supporting Yu alongside representatives from the Singapore Ice Skating Association. 

Yu, 19, competed in the 2017 world championships but has now retired from competitive skating. 

Her allegations of mistreatment are the latest to rock the world of sports in recent weeks.

Former Australian gymnasts have gone public with accounts of physical, mental and emotional abuse, while a Human Rights Watch report this week detailed “rampant” mistreatment of young athletes in Japan.