British Gymnastics to step aside from independent review

17 Jul 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

British Gymnastics will ‘step aside’ to allow an independent review to take place following mistreatment claims raised by British gymnasts.

The governing body for gymnastics in Britain originally announced that it had commissioned a QC-led review into the issues, however it now says it will step aside ‘to remove any doubt’ about the review’s independence.

The organisation says that it has asked UK Sport and Sport England to co-commission the review instead.

"It is vital the review is unequivocally independent with full resources to effectively deal with concerns raised by gymnasts,” said Jane Allen, CEO, British Gymnastics.

“In the past week, the complexities have increased, and it is clear to retain the trust of the gymnastics community we have decided to recuse ourselves from any management of the review. Our priority is to learn the lessons and ensure the welfare of all those within gymnastics. By stepping aside, we hope the review can now proceed unimpeded."

Previously, a number of British gymnasts have come forward with details of mistreatment.

In a statement, UK Sport said: “UK Sport and Sport England welcome and support the decision of British Gymnastics to step aside from the review it announced last week and have agreed to co-commission a fully independent review into the serious concerns raised by gymnasts.  

“We are working closely with key stakeholders, including the British Athletes Commission (BAC) and the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), to develop the terms of reference and the structure of the review to ensure it has credibility and the confidence of all of those who have had the courage to come forward.

“Our immediate priority is to provide support for all those affected by these allegations. We are working with the BAC as it finalises its plans to assist gymnasts and others who have been impacted to raise their concerns and take part in the review. Further and full details of the support available will be published online as soon as possible. 

“We appreciate this is an anxious time for many young gymnasts and their families and we intend to move swiftly to finalise and publish the details of the review."