Former Spanish women’s basketball coach, Lucas Mondelo, has shown his “total rejection, surprise and dismay” before the accusations of the ex-international Marta Xargay, who affirmed that she had eating disorders because of her, and has announced legal measures, in addition to describing the behavior of the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB), which has not asked him about the veracity of the facts and that he has only tried to “damage” his “reputation”.
“I want to express my total rejection, surprise and consternation at the alleged responsibilities attributed to me regarding alleged medical situations of Marta Xargay, as well as the accusation of an alleged improper conduct in the performance of my work as a coach at both the Dinamo Kursk club (season 2018/19) as in the Spanish basketball team, “he said in a statement.
Last Sunday, in an interview in El País, former Spanish basketball player Marta Xargay confessed that she suffered bulimia and orthorexia due to, as she explained, to the treatment to which the then Spanish coach, Lucas Mondelo, subjected her, with whom she coincided in the Kursk and in the national team. “There are limits that must not be crossed and he took me to a very heavy limit. I have had many problems with food because of this person”He then expressed, assuring that he called him “fat” and that he constantly told him that he was “out of weight”.
In the statement, Mondelo explained that he has worked with the Catalan player from 2009 to 2020 and they have always had “a relationship of cordiality, closeness and professionalism” that has been evident in “interviews, messages and whatsapp audios.” “I highlight the one that he sent me in May 2020 when he announced his basketball break and that I keep with the affection reciprocated between both of them. For illustrative purposes, Marta declared to the Gigantes magazine on 12/21/2020:”I am quite a distant person who does not let himself be known much. But Mondelo has succeeded, we have a good relationship because we like to win “, he recalled.
“I have been able to participate in most of his successes in his professional life and it was my personal choice to accompany me on the adventure at Dinamo Kursk. I was only at Dinamo Kursk for one season, unlike Marta, who it was one more year. I have always held Marta in high esteem, treated with the utmost respect and admired for her performance within the demanding preparation and high goals set, many of them achieved, in the most successful period of the FEB for women’s basketball, “he continued.
As for the statement from the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB), which came out in support of Xargay and was against “any abusive behavior”, He assured that it seems “inadmissible” to him, in addition to affirming that the president, Jorge Garbajosa, “lacks the truth.” “Although the president knew that these statements were going to be published, nothing was communicated to me,” he said.
“To this day, the president has not contacted me to know my opinion, that of his absolute national coach, on this serious matter, taking for truth some demonstrations that do not conform to reality, with violation of rights fundamental and with the clear objective of damaging my reputation as much as possible, all within the harassment campaign to which I am being subjected, after the renewal of my contract until 2024, both before and after the announcement of my dismissal, which is effective on November 6, 2021, “he continued.
On the other hand, he recalled that the players are subjected “to exhaustive medical examinations and to planning and monitoring by the biomedical area, both injuries, physical situation, nutrition and any other aspect that may condition their sports performance “.” At no time have I been warned by the Kursk Club, the FEB or the player, or by medical services or by anyone the FEB structure of any type of anomaly that would lead to the serious acts of which I am accused, “he said.
In this regard, she explained that the responsibility for feeding the players “It does not correspond to the coach, but to the medical services of the FEB or the club.” “They never told me that the player suffered from any disorder”, He said. “All the planning and execution of the work methods implemented by me in the last 11 years at the FEB are approved by the Sports Directorate and the president, having always received praise and congratulations from them,” he stressed.
Finally, Mondelo announced that it has placed in the hands of its legal advisers the study of everything that happened to “exercise the appropriate legal actions” in the face of the “very serious situation” in which it has been involved.