The group complied with the “Charter of Claims” at the National Regulatory Body, alleging physical and mental abuse of coaches. The charges in the lawsuit include “misuse of physical force by coaches against gymnasts, constituting physical aggression”.
+ British gymnastics has more than 220 reports of moral and physical abuse in eight months
The scandal erupted in July 2020, with notoriety from several gymnasts including Rio 2020 bronze medalist Amy Tinkler, who said she withdrew from the sport after ignoring complaints of formal misconduct.
Amy Tinkler at Rio Olympics – Photo: Alex Livesey / Getty Images
The British Gymnastics Federation sought time until 19 December to respond to the letter’s allegations, after not responding until 25 March. However, the report stated that by June 19, an extension had been granted by the office representing the former gymnast.
– We are disappointed, but not surprised that the Federation has not met the appropriate timeframe set by us. With each day that they delay, ex-gymnasts do not get the justice they deserve and are at risk of the same serious damage as the current ones – Claire Hafford, one of the applicants who helped form the Transformation Campaign Group last year Ki told the Telegraph, Gymnastics (gymnast for a change).
Jane Allen, executive director of the British Gymnastics Federation, has been sacked after allegations of misconduct – Photo: Ian McNicol / Get Image
UK Sport, the government agency responsible for investing in the UK’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, launched an independent investigation in August last year. After the allegations were made public last year, Jane Allen, executive director of the British Federation, retired from her post.
British gymnastics said after receiving the complaint letter that “it would not be fair or appropriate for all parties” to make any comment until everyone had the opportunity to consider it fully.