Under-fire British Gymnastics chief Jane Allen to retire

Under-fire British Gymnastics chief Jane Allen to retire

October 14, 2020

But she increasingly found herself at the centre of abuse allegations both at elite and club level, with almost 200 gymnasts registering complaints to a joint British Athletics Commission and NSPCC helpline.

In July, Allen admitted she was “appalled and ashamed” by allegations of bullying and abuse within the domestic sport, and applauded the “bravery” of those speaking out.

The following month, it was announced that she was temporarily standing down from her role on UK Sport’s major events panel to avoid perceived conflicts of interest over the Whyte Review.

Amanda Reddin has temporarily stepped down from her role as national coach pending a separate investigation into allegations of improprieties, which she vigorously denies.

And last month fellow national coach Colin Still was also placed under investigation after Tinkler released a string of emails in which he appeared to allude to the Rio 2016 bronze medallist as a “fat dwarf”.

British Gymnastics say they are in no rush to appoint a successor to Allen, and that an interim chief executive will be announced in due course.

PA

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