The Borneo Post (Sabah)

British Gymnastics faces legal action over alleged 'abuse'

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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".

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