athletic trainer Tony Minicillo has been banned for life after an investigation confirms that he engaged in inappropriate “corporeal sexual behavior” with athletes, as announced by the British Federation (UK Athletics) on Tuesday. The investigation also found that Olympic heptalon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill’s trainer, Minichilo, is guilty of making “inappropriate sexual gestures and references” to athletes, while displaying, “Inappropriate behavior and, at times, aggressive, intimidating and emotional abuse.”
According to the UKA, the coach committed a large number of violations over a 15-year period, causing a “serious breach of trust”. “The UKA has decided that Will not consider any request from Minichilo to obtain a forever coaching license”, The federation explained in a statement today.
Minichillo, 56, was until recently one of the most prestigious athletics coaches in the United Kingdom and was named Personality of the Year by the BBC a decade ago in honor of the gold medal achieved by Ennis at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Although, His career has been marked by a number of complaints raised by athletes in recent years, which led to an investigation by an independent committee that has now found him guilty of 11 serious counts. Among other practices, investigations confirmed that Minichilo imitated sexual acts in front of his athletes and subjected certain athletes to touching.