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Former swimming champion Yannick Agnel indicted for “rape and sexual assault on a minor”


Former Olympic swimming champion Yannick Agnel was indicted for “Rape and sexual assault on a 15-year-old minor” and placed under judicial control, Saturday, December 11, announced the Mulhouse prosecutor’s office. The requests for provisional detention made by the prosecution and the investigating judge were not followed by the judge of freedoms and detention, said the prosecutor of the Republic of Mulhouse, Edwige Roux-Morizot.

The 29-year-old former athlete, converted into e-sport and a consultant in various media, was arrested Thursday at his Paris home and taken to the Mulhouse police station. His police custody ended at noon on Saturday at the end of 48 hours and Yannick Agnel was brought before an investigating judge. The prosecutor of the Republic of Mulhouse had specified to AFP that a complaint had been filed last summer for facts dating back to “Around 2016”.

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Yannick Agnel when he arrived at the examining magistrate, this Saturday, December 11.

According to “L’Equipe”, “The investigation follows a complaint from a swimmer who trained with Agnel in Mulhouse between 2014 and 2016”. “Several swimmers or former swimmers have been auditioned in recent weeks”, added the sports daily.

Maracineanu knows “personally the person who lodged the complaint”

Double Olympic champion in 2012, Yannick Agnel then tried an experience in the United States, before returning to France and obtaining a license at Mulhouse Olympic Swimming (MON) in September 2014. He trained there for two years under the leadership of Lionel Horter, until the Olympics-2016.

Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu, herself visited by the Mulhouse club when she was a swimmer, told AFP to follow the case closely: “It is an instruction which is taking its course and must follow its course, the young girl’s complaint is in the hands of the justice system and she must go to the end”, she underlined on Saturday morning in Val d’Isère, where she follows the events of the Alpine Skiing World Cup.

“It is a very important subject for me at national level, it is a fight that we carry at European and international level […] that the word can be released […] this is essential so that other children do not have to go through this anymore. “

The minister remained close to her former coach, who still trains the swimmers at the high-level center in Mulhouse. “He’s a very important person. I personally know the person who lodged the complaint, you can imagine that this particularly affects me ”, continued Roxana Maracineanu.

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The Mulhouse Olympic Swimming indicted for “attempted fraud”

Yannick Agnel has one of the finest records in French swimming: he was double Olympic champion in London in 2012 in the 200m freestyle and the 4x100m relay, before being crowned world champion in these two disciplines in 2013. However, at the Rio Olympics in 2016, he was eliminated from the 200m freestyle heats and announced his retirement from the sport in stride.

After his career, Yannick Agnel notably became a consultant for France Télévisions in 2019. He commented on the swimming events for the group’s channels during the Tokyo Olympics this summer. He has also invested in e-sport: he is the sports director of a club and, for a few months, an e-sport consultant for Franceinfo, for which he has so far produced a weekly column and a monthly podcast. However, the radio announced Thursday to AFP to suspend its collaboration with Agnel. “Due to the ongoing legal proceedings”, until the conclusions of the investigation.

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In another case, the Mulhouse Olympic Swimming is for its part indicted for “Attempted fraud” for facts also dating back to 2016. The club was in dispute with several swimmers, including Yannick Agnel, who went to court to touch the 60,000 euros that MON owed him for his last year of contract.

The club was ordered to pay this sum to the swimmer, but appealed. The case is due for appeal in March 2022.



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