Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Gjert Ingebrigtsen: Police open investigation after Jakob, Henrik and Filip accuse father of violence

Henrik, Jakob and Filip Ingebrigtsen competed in the men's 1500m at the 2018 European Championships
Henrik, Jakob and Filip Ingebrigtsen competed within the males’s 1500m on the 2018 European Championships

Police in Norway have opened an investigation into allegations of violence made by Olympic 1500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen and his older brothers Henrik and Filip in opposition to their father and former coach Gjert.

A felony case has been opened after “a number of preliminary investigations”.

Gjert, who denied the allegations as “baseless”, has not been charged.

The 57-year-old’s lawyer, John Christian Elden, stated the event was “not surprising” and added his shopper is “assured of the end result”.

“The truth that the police are opening an investigation doesn’t imply that there are cheap grounds to suspect Ingebrigtsen of something felony,” Elden stated.

Jakob, who defended his world 5,000m title in Budapest in August, and Henrik and Filip – each additionally Olympic athletes – are amongst seven Ingebrigtsen kids.

Gjert coached 23-year-old Jakob, Filip, 30 and Henrik, 32, all through their childhood and for many of their careers, stepping down not lengthy after Jakob’s Olympic triumph in Tokyo.

In a chunk entitled ‘That is Our Story’ on Norwegian web site VG, the brothers stated they needed to inform their story publicly due to intense media protection in Norway about their cut up with Gjert.

They wrote: “We’ve got grown up with a father who has been very aggressive and controlling and who has used bodily violence and threats as a part of his upbringing.

“We nonetheless really feel discomfort and worry which has been in us since childhood.”

The Ingebrigtsen brothers added: “Two years in the past, the identical aggression and bodily punishment struck once more. It was the drop that made the cup run over.”

Gjert, by way of his lawyer, responded: “I’ve by no means used violence in opposition to my kids. That I’ve weaknesses as a father, and have been an excessive amount of of a coach, is a realisation I’ve additionally come to, albeit far too late.”

On Thursday, police inspector Terese Braut Vage, of Norway’s South-West police district, defined adequate data had been collected to open a felony case.

Nevertheless, he added that the advanced nature of the investigation – particularly the shut relationship between Gjert and his sons – would imply any final result would take “a while”.

“We’ve got carried out a number of preliminary investigations, and the data that has come to mild has meant that we’ve now opened a felony case,” stated Braut Vage.

“A case has been opened below part 282 of the Legal Code – abuse in shut relationships. Which means that we at the moment are in an investigation part, the place the aim of the investigation is to uncover whether or not there are felony circumstances.”

The police inspector added: “I want to emphasise that investigations into circumstances regarding abuse in shut relationships are circumstances which, by their nature, require a radical investigation over a while.”

Gjert was denied accreditation by the Norwegian Athletics Affiliation (NFIF) for the World Indoor Championships in March in Glasgow and the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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