Britain’s high gymnastics coach steps apart amid investigation

London, August 25

Britain’s high gymnastics coach will briefly step apart whereas allegations about her conduct are investigated, the nation’s governing physique mentioned on Tuesday.

Amanda Reddin has denied the allegations, saying her status inside the sport “is now subject to a trial by media rather than through the proper processes”.     

“The investigation will be completed by an external independent expert and any outcome actioned immediately,” British Gymnastics mentioned in a press release.

“Our processes and investigations will also be scrutinised by the independent review.”                  

Last month, British Gymnastics chief govt Jane Allen introduced an impartial evaluation of claims of mistreatment within the sport in Britain.

Olympians Becky and Ellie Downie say they’ve suffered from abusive behaviour in gymnastics coaching for a few years.

Two gymnasts made allegations of mistreatment by Reddin — the pinnacle nationwide coach — on Monday, the BBC reported.

On Tuesday, Amy Tinkler, who received a bronze medal within the flooring competitors on the 2016 Olympic Games, mentioned Reddin was one of many coaches she issued a grievance about in December final yr.

Tinkler mentioned on Twitter she was instructed final week her complaints had been handled and the matter was closed. She mentioned receiving that data left her feeling “sick”.                

“It reinforced mine and every gymnast’s fear, which is that their complaints aren’t dealt with fairly and independently,” she tweeted.

“This is why we don’t speak up. This is why we suffer in silence. We know that to speak up is a pointless, career-ending task.”     

A grievance towards Reddin relationship again to the 1980s was not upheld by British Gymnastics, Regarding the newest allegations, Reddin mentioned in a press release to ITV Sport: “I fully refute these claims, it’s fallacious that my status inside the sport that I really like is now topic to a trial by media reasonably than by the correct processes.

“I would welcome the allegations be submitted to the independent review into alleged abuse in gymnastics to ensure the integrity of the process is protected for both athletes and coaches.”        

British Gymnastics mentioned “there is no place for abuse in our sport” and that “those that speak out about mistreatment in gymnastics must be heard”. AP


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