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Greek Olympic gold medalist Sofia Bekatorou's very public detailing of her alleged sexual assault in 1998

 by a high-ranking Hellenic Sailing Federation (HSF) official has sparked an outcry in the Mediterranean country over the way her revelations were initially dealt with.

Bekatorou said the alleged assault took place in 1998 during preparations for the Sydney Olympics, that were held two years later.
One of Greece's best-known female athletes, Bekatorou won a sailing gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and then bronze four years later at the Beijing Games.
Now 43, Bekatorou said a male official performed a "lewd act" after inviting her to his hotel room to discuss preparations ahead of the Sydney Olympics. The athlete said the act was not consensual.
She made the allegation earlier this week at an online event organized by the Ministry of Culture and Sports about the protection of children in sport.
 
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Bekatorou said she wanted to talk about her traumatic experience in the hope that young athletes would not be afraid to speak out.
"I said no, I repeated that I didn't want to go on and he used fake sweet talk and said it is nothing and trying to be funny," said Bekatorou.
"He said he would stop if I didn't want it but he didn't, no matter what I said to him. Crying and feeling ashamed I left the room when he finished and removed himself from me."
 
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Adamopoulos said he was being subjected to trial by the media.
"It is the minimal conquest of any democratic state governed by the rule of law and the corresponding obligation of institutions and the media not to target individuals, distribute their photographs, or to have already convicted the so called "perpetrator" before he is given the opportunity to speak and give his view on facts made public by a third party," said Adamopoulos in a statement.
Athens prosecutor will order a preliminary investigation on Monday, with Bekatorou expected to testify during the week.
 
 
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