Investigation reports toxic culture in Australian gymnastics

Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins speaks in Sydney, Australia on Aug. 1, 2017. Jenkins said gymnasts shared experiences of abuse, misconduct and bullying and a review released Monday, May 3, 2021, found "significant cultural challenges."

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An independent review into gymnastics in Australia has received evidence of a toxic culture that contributed to physical, emotional and sexual abuse of young athletes.

Gymnastics Australia last August asked the Australian Human Rights Commission to examine the sport’s culture and practices following complaints from at least 20 former gymnasts, including Olympic and Commonwealth Games medalists, about physical and mental abuse during their careers.

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