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Child gymnasts abused and denied water, food and toilet breaks – the damning report on British Gymnastics

  • £3m Whyte review blasts ‘unacceptable culture’
  • Children as young as seven were physically abused
  • British Gymnastics and UK Sport ‘put medals above welfare’

British Gymnastics enabled a culture where young gymnasts were physically and mentally abused, shamed and humiliated in a system that repeatedly put the pursuit of medals over the care of children, a devastating report has found.

The review by Anne Whyte QC also makes for deeply uncomfortable reading for UK Sport, the funding body for British Olympic sports, which has admitted to Whyte that the welfare of athletes was not “front seat” until 2017.

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