Former World Heptathlon Champion Assaulted on Paris Suburban Train: A Call for Justice

Former world athletics champion Barber assaulted on Paris train

Eunice Barber, a former world heptathlon champion and well-known athlete with an impressive record in track and field events, suffered minor injuries after being punched in the face by a passenger on a Paris suburban train. The attack happened after she asked the “drunken passenger” to speak less loudly on his phone during the journey from Franconville, 17km north-west of Paris, into the city. Barber received “two blows to the face”, resulting in a slight injury to her “right cheekbone”.

The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of standing up against such acts of violence and ensuring the safety of all individuals, regardless of their status or achievements. The Sierra Leonean-born French athlete has filed a complaint with police and has expressed her determination to pursue justice for the assault she faced. She remains resilient and continues to work towards recovering from this traumatic experience.

Barber won the world heptathlon gold in Seville in 1999 and the long jump title at the 2003 world championships in Paris. She is also known for her five-time world medals achievement in track and field events. This unfortunate incident highlights that no one is safe from violence, even someone with such an impressive record like Barber’s. We must continue to work towards creating safer communities where everyone can feel secure and protected.

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