/ 04 May 2021

‘Significant cultural challenges’ found in Aussie gymnastics

A report commissioned by Gymnastics Australia last year following allegations of abuse has uncovered a “toxic” culture of physical, emotional and sexual abuse in the sport. The Australian Human Rights Commission interviewed 57 participants and uncovered accusations of sexual abuse, body-shaming and bullying. It also revealed a harmful “win at all costs” mentality that has seen many gymnasts – mainly young females – pushed beyond their physical limits. Twelve recommendations were made around improving how complaints are addressed and preventing child abuse. Gymnastics Australia yesterday apologised but said abuse claims should be referred to the police by the alleged victims.

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