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Around 84 gymnasts have sought therapy to deal with abuse

Around 84 gymnasts have sought therapy to deal with abuse after the British Athletes Commission began group sessions for victims last year

  • So far 34 gymnasts have completed the course, with another 18 in the process
  • Up to 32 gymnasts have signed up for the group sessions in March and April
  • The British Athletes Commission (BAC) began group therapy sessions last year

As many as 84 gymnasts have sought therapy to deal with abuse suffered in the sport, Sportsmail can reveal.

The British Athletes Commission (BAC) began group therapy sessions last year for abuse victims.

So far 34 gymnasts have completed the course, with another 18 in the process and up to 32 more signing up for sessions in March and April.

Amy Tinkler has spoken out about the abuse she felt she suffered at British Gymnastics 

One gymnast, who asked to stay anonymous, said: ‘Being part of a group that understands has been very empowering. It’s been a time of large reflection.’

A helpline for gymnasts, which was launched by the BAC and NSPCC last July, received 221 phone calls.

The NSPCC’s Louise Exton said: ‘Since allegations of abuse and mistreatment shook the foundations of gymnastics in the UK, we’ve heard from more and more people with similar experiences.’

A helpline for gymnasts, launched by the BAC and NSPCC last July, received 221 phone calls

A helpline for gymnasts, launched by the BAC and NSPCC last July, received 221 phone calls

Evidence from the calls was submitted to the Whyte Review — the independent inquiry into mistreatment in gymnastics, which will publish its findings in the summer.

Yoshiro Mori , chief of the Tokyo Olympics, is expected to resign on Friday amid increasing public pressure after he said that women talk too much in meetings when discussing the number of females sitting on boards. 

Mori said: ‘I can’t let this problem carry on any longer. I am resolved to quit.’

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