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British gymnastics chief Jane Allen breaks silence amid widespread allegations of abuse of gymnasts

British Gymnastics chief executive Jane Allen has broken her silence to admit the governing body has ‘fallen short’ in protecting their athletes.

UK Sport and Sport England are co-commissioning an independent review of the sport following widespread allegations of abuse of gymnasts in recent weeks.

Allen, who has faced calls to quit and has still not apologised, said: ‘We have tried to do our best to protect our members and while we have succeeded in many cases, in others we have fallen short. We clearly must do more.’

Allen also thinks a sports ombudsman should be created so complaints can be dealt with independently – something which was recommended in Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson’s report into the athlete welfare scandal three years ago.

She added: ‘At present, the mistrust from those judged against leads to a vicious cycle that threatens the entire process.

‘We back Baroness Grey-Thompson’s call for the creation of a sports ombudsman to hold governing bodies to account and to provide a higher level of review for controversial cases.’

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