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13 October 2020 18:33

Bob Mortimer Paul Whitehouse Mabel

Under-fire British Gymnastics CEO Jane Allen announces retirement amid allegations of abuse and bullying in the sport

British Gymnastics chief executive Jane Allen will retire from her post in December amid growing allegations of bullying and abuse within the sport. Allen on Tuesday described recent developments as "extremely difficult" and pledged her continued support for the Whyte Review, a joint UK Sport and Sport England investigation established in August to address the claims. Last month fellow national coach Colin Still was placed under investigation after Amy Tinkler released a string of emails in which he appeared to allude to the Rio 2016 bronze medallist as a "fat dwarf". Allen described the recent developments as 'extremely difficult' and pledged her continued support for the Whyte Review, a joint UK Sport and Sport England investigation established in August to address the mounting claims. The 65-year-old's departure will be welcomed by top gymnasts including Olympians Becky and Ellie Downie and Amy Tinkler, who described incidents of weight-shaming and say serious complaints against coaches have not been dealt with efficiently under Allen's watch.

Jane Allen will retire from her role as chief executive of British Gymnastics in December Allen said: 'The last few months have been extremely difficult, but I will look back on my time with British Gymnastics with great pride for the growth and success we have sustained over a 10-year period. She presided over an unprecedented period of success including a record seven medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and was awarded an MBE for services to the sport in this year's New Year's Honours List. 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'. The 65-year-old's departure will be welcomed by top gymnasts including Olympians Becky and Ellie Downie and Amy Tinkler, who described incidents of weight-shaming, and say serious complaints against coaches have not been dealt with efficiently under Allen's watch. Amy Tinkler has levelled a series of complaints at retiring British Gymnastics chief executive Jane Allen (Owen Humphreys/PA) It is vital that this happens in a fair and transparent manner for all parties and I pledge my support to helping the sport to do that." Allen intended to retire after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but agreed to extend her time at the helm due to the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and to help deal with the abuse claims, the PA news agency understands.

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. British Gymnastics' under-fire chief executive has announced she will retire from the role in December amid escalating allegations of bullying and abuse within the domestic sport. In a statement, Ms Allen described the recent developments as "extremely difficult" and pledged her continued support for the Whyte Review, a joint UK Sport and Sport England investigation established in August to address the mounting claims. However, she said she will "look back on my time with British Gymnastics with great pride for the growth and success we have sustained over a ten-year period". She added: "While these last three months have been devastating to me, I don't believe that that should absolutely define the last 10 years."In a statement, sports governing body British Gymnastics said: "After over ten years with British Gymnastics, Jane Allen MBE is to retire as Chief Executive in December.

Jane Allen added: "The last few months have been extremely difficult, but I will look back on my time with British Gymnastics with great pride for the growth and success we have sustained over a ten-year period." Under-fire British Gymnastics chief executive Jane Allen will retire from the role in December amid escalating allegations of bullying and abuse within the domestic sport. Allen described the recent developments as "extremely difficult" and pledged her continued support for the Whyte Review, a joint UK Sport and Sport England investigation established in August to address the mounting claims. The 65-year-old's departure will likely be welcomed by top gymnasts including Olympians Becky and Ellie Downie and Amy Tinkler, who described incidents of weight-shaming, and say serious complaints against coaches have not been dealt with efficiently under Allen's watch. Allen said: "The last few months have been extremely difficult, but I will look back on my time with British Gymnastics with great pride for the growth and success we have sustained over a 10-year period. She presided over an unprecedented period of success including a record seven medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and was awarded an MBE for services to the sport in this year's New Year's Honours List.

But she increasingly found herself in the middle of a storm as she presided over a sport that saw a sudden rise in historical abuse allegations both at elite and club level, with almost 200 gymnasts registering complaints to a joint British Athletics Commission and NSPCC helpline. 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".