The Borneo Post (Sabah)
British Gymnastics faces legal action over alleged 'abuse'
LONDON: A group of 17 former gymnasts including three Olympians are to launch legal action against British Gymnastics for alleged "systemic physical and psychological abuse" by coaches targeting children as young as six.
The female athletes, now aged between 15 and 43, have served a letter before action on the sport's governing body in the UK.
The letter says the gymnasts were aged between six and
23 at the time of the alleged abuses, which included "widespread inappropriate use of physical force" by coaches and enforcement of "baseless" weight-management techniques.
An independent review to look into complaints of mistreatment within the sport is currently under way.
Jennifer Pinches, who retired from international competition after helping Team GB reach the final at the 2012 London Olympics, said British Gymnastics had spent too long prioritising "podiums over people".