A 300-page report revealing the abuse and mistreatment of British gymnasts , some of them minors, has sparked a scandal in the UK.
The governing body of British gymnastics is preparing for the publication of the report documenting the abuses.
In her interim report, Anne Whyte revealed that she had received submissions from almost 400 people , with 39 cases deemed so serious that they were passed on to local authorities for child protection reasons or concerns of ongoing criminal conduct.
More than 40 gymnasts have filed complaints against the governing body British Gymnastics .
In his report, Whyte wrote that British Gymnastics received an average of 300 complaints a year between 2015 and 2020 , and had received information from more than 100 coaches and 90 clubs .
The publication of Whyte’s review comes just days after it became known that a former English acrobatic gymnast became the first to win a civil case against British Gymnastics over abuse she suffered while playing the sport . The governing body admitted full responsibility and settled with Eloise Jotischky, who alleged that between 2016 and 2018 she became ” physically exhausted ” after being subjected to inappropriate weight control techniques at her local club.
The 19-year-old is one of more than 40 gymnasts who have made a claim against British Gymnastics, saying they were victims of systemic physical and psychological abuse.
“We acknowledge the courage shown by everyone, including gymnasts, parents and coaches, who shared their experiences and we thank them for their contributions . We would also like to express our gratitude to Anne Whyte and her team for their work in preparing the review,” said a joint statement by UK Sport and Sport England.
The mounting allegations led to the departures of British Gymnastics chief executive Jane Allen in October 2020, and of women’s head coach Amanda Reddin, a key person in Britain’s seven-medal run at the Rio 2016 Olympics. .
Reddin faces an independent investigation into his training methods . She was acquitted of some charges and continued to strongly deny any wrongdoing.
In the interim report released in March last year, Whyte said the allegations painted a ” troubling picture ” of the sport’s elite level.
Since the extent of the scandal came to light, British Gymnastics have made a number of changes, installing, respectively, a new chief executive and sporting director.