Smith gets two-month ban over Is­lam ‘mock­ery’

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LON­DON:

Olympic medal­list Louis Smith was given a two-month ban by Bri­tish Gym­nas­tics yes­ter­day for ap­pear­ing to mock Is­lam. On­line footage that ap­peared last month showed Smith, 27, and for­mer gym­nast Luke Car­son laugh­ing whilst pre­tend­ing to pray and shout­ing “Al­lahu Ak­bar” (God is great). This year’s Olympic Games in Rio saw Smith win a sil­ver medal on the pom­mel horse, with Bri­tish team-mate Max Whit­lock tak­ing gold. Smith has since apol­o­gised for hs con­duct, with the four-time medal­list also vis­it­ing mosques rather than tak­ing part in the Lon­don vic­tory pa­rade and sub­se­quent Buck­ing­ham Palace re­cep­tion for Bri­tain’s Rio medal­lists that took place last month. “Louis Smith ad­mit­ted his be­hav­iour was a breach of the Stan­dards of Con­duct,” said a Bri­tish Gym­nas­tics state­ment. “The (dis­ci­plinary) panel up­held the al­le­ga­tion and tak­ing into ac­count a pre­vi­ous breach of the Stan­dards of Con­duct heard in June this year (where it also was made clear to Louis the con­se­quences of any fur­ther breach), the panel de­ter­mined a cu­mu­la­tive penalty was ap­pro­pri­ate and or­dered a two-month pe­riod of sus­pen­sion.” — AFP

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