August 5, 2020

Gymnastics New Zealand apologises after abuse complaints

Wellington (AFP) – Gymnastics New Zealand apologised¬†Wednesday and ordered an independent review into the culture of the sport after a string of athletes complained of physical and psychological abuse — including being “fat-shamed” and forced to compete while injured.”We acknowledge these complaints, and deeply regret, and apologise for any harm caused to athletes,” the organisation said in a statement, adding it had only recently been made aware of the “distressing and concerning allegations”.New Zealand media in recent weeks have cited gymnasts complaining about widespread emotional abuse. …

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