Gymnastics NZ orders review after abuse claims

A New Zealand gymnast says girls and young women in the sport are left with long-term mental and physical damage because of the way they are treated. – EPA pic, August 5, 2020.

GYMNASTICS New Zealand today apologised 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,” said the organisation in a statement, adding that it was only recently made aware of the “distressing and concerning allegations”.

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