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Ingebrigtsen brothers communicate out towards their father and former coach

Ingebrigtsen brothers communicate out towards their father and former coach


The Ingebrigtsen brothers have been concerned in a long-standing battle with their father and former coach, Gjert Ingebrigtsen. Earlier this week, the stress reached a excessive level when the Norwegian Athletics Affiliation denied Gjert accreditation for main championships within the upcoming 12 months, together with the World Indoor Athletics Championships and the Paris Olympics.

Final 12 months, the brothers revealed that Gjert would now not coach his sons, Jakob, Filip and Henrik, for well being causes. Later it got here out that Gjert was not granted accreditation on the 2023 World Championships in Budapest and didn’t attend Jakob’s marriage ceremony in September, and Norwegian media dove into the feud.

Gjert Ingebrigtsen
Gjert Ingebrigtsen. Picture: Thor Brødreskift/Nordiske Mediedager

In an announcement from the brothers printed within the Norweigan newspaper VG, they make clear their experiences with their father and former coach, revealing that their family whereas rising up was marked by aggression, management and bodily violence. Though they initially accepted these circumstances, two years in the past they selected to confront their traumatic previous. They referred to the scenario as “draining” and “insufferable.”

“We must always have helped cease the scenario earlier,” the brothers wrote on VG. “The truth that we didn’t weighs on us. Two years in the past, we had sufficient. The scenario we’ve got been by within the household has taken an infinite toll. Within the midst of this, we’ve got tried to carry out, however the pleasure of enjoying sports activities is gone.”

Jakob and Henrik Ingebrigtsen on the 2019 European Indoor Championships in Glasgow. Picture: Filip Bossuyt/WC

The brothers requested the Norwegian Athletics Affiliation for security from Gjert and to not be put in conditions the place they could see or need to face their father. “We do not need the capability or need to take care of him. Not now,” stated Henrik. 

“On the idea of Jakob, Philip and Henrik’s statements at the moment, we promise to supply a protected setting and a wholesome efficiency setting for our athletes,” the Norwegian Athletics Federation wrote in a response to their assertion.

Gjert remains to be very a lot related to Norwegian athletics because the coach of high-profile middle-distance runner Narve Gilje Nordås, who received bronze within the males’s 1,500m on the world championships in Budapest, ending on the heels of his compatriot, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, and the brand new world champion, Nice Britain’s Josh Kerr.

Narve Nordas
Narve Nordas celebrates his bronze medal on the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Hungary. Picture: Kevin Morris

Gjert responded to those claims by his lawyer on Thursday, denying the allegations of violence:

“The statements they make are baseless. I’ve by no means used violence towards my kids. That I’ve had weaknesses as a father, and to an amazing extent been a coach, is a realization I’ve additionally come to – albeit far too late.

“I’m removed from excellent as a father and husband, however I’m not violent. In the beginning, this can be a tragic scenario for my household–we’ve got reached the purpose the place we’re spreading false accusations towards one another within the media. It makes me deeply sad. How we’re going to get previous this, I don’t know, however we’ve acquired to attempt.”

Ingebrigtsen brothers
Filip and Jakob Ingebrigtsen within the males’s 1,500m on the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha. Picture: Filip Bossuyt/WC

The brothers concluded their assertion by saying that they wish to get again to the enjoyment of enjoying sports activities and representing Norway “with the flag on their chest” with out the shadow of their household battle. “There are a lot of individuals who wish to discuss to us about this matter. We don’t need that. This case has price an excessive amount of already, and now we wish to transfer on,” they wrote.



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