Young gymnasts starved and made to hang from rings as punishment, report reveals

Young gymnastics were starved, made to hang from rings as a punishment and denied toilet breaks as part of a ‘systemic’ culture and physical and emotional abuse, an independent investigation has found.

The Whyte Review, commissioned by UK Sport and Sport England, has found British Gymnastics enabled a toxic culture in a damning 306-page review.

The extent of the scandal that has tarnished the domestic sport’s golden era has been laid bare in a damning 306-page review by Anne Whyte QC, published on Thursday.

‘I have concluded that gymnasts’ well-being and welfare has not been at the centre of [British Gymnastics’] culture for much of the period of the Review and has not, until very recently, featured as prominently as it ought to have done within the World Class Programme,’ wrote Whyte.

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