Dutch gymnastics union gives Van Gelder another chance

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The Dutch gymnastics union KNGU has decided to give gymnast Yuri van Gelder another chance to return to top-level gymnastics. The decision is the result of negotiations between Yuri van Gelder and KNGU representatives. The negotiations were held after mediation by sports umbrella organisation NOCNSF. Yuri van Gelder - nicknamed 'The Lord of the Rings' - returned to gymnastics this summer after being suspended for a year for cocaine abuse. He was to take part in the Rotterdam world championships but was thrown off the national team after he confessed that he had  used cocaine once again.

Last week, the gymnast revealed he had made a false confession. He said he had not been able to handle the pressure and had forced a rift. Yuri van Gelder was accepted back on the team after several meetings and will start training with the national selection again.


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