British Gymnastics head ‘appalled and ashamed’ at multiple abuse stories

  • Organisation holds crisis talks amid damning revelations
  • Growing number of gymnasts call on Jane Allen to resign

The head of British Gymnastics, who is facing calls for her resignation, has told member clubs she is “appalled and ashamed” by the multiple stories of abuse that have emerged in a harrowing and potentially far-reaching week for the sport in the UK.

In a letter seen by the Guardian, Jane Allen said: “Any mistreatment of gymnasts is inexcusable,” and promised to reform the sport. “It is vital that concerns are made public, whether that is through the media or our processes. I pay tribute to those who have spoken out – their bravery will help drive change within gymnastics.”

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