British Gymnastics boss Jane Allen has stepped down from her role with UK Sport amid the abuse scandal in her sport.
Under-fire Allen is still refusing to bow down to pressure to quit as chief executive of gymnastics’ disgraced governing body.
But she has decided to temporarily leave her position on the UK Sport Major Events Panel to avoid a ‘conflict of interest’.
UK Sport and Sport England are co-commissioning the independent review into claims of bullying and abuse in gymnastics, which is set to take place later this year once they have set the terms of reference and appointed a QC.
A UK Sport spokesperson said: ‘Following conversations, Jane Allen offered to temporarily step aside from her roles on the UK Sport Major Events Panel and 2021 Rugby League World Cup Board whilst the independent review into British Gymnastics is undertaken, to remove any suggestion of conflicts of interest.’
Allen has said she is ‘appalled and ashamed’ by the recent accounts of gymnasts of the mistreatment they have suffered in the sport, although she is yet to apologise despite being in her role for 10 years.