Members of the great Britain gymnastics team have told of abuse by coaches. This is reported by ITV.
“Mental and physical abuse was completely the norm. We were taught to be afraid of the coach, and this was the only way to train. I will never know if it was possible to reach my level if I wasn’t beaten,” Catherine Lyons complained.
According to her, many athletes trained under painkillers.
Lisa Mason remembered how her coach had made her work on the uneven bars until her hands were bleeding. She also told how the trainer put her in front of everyone in her underwear in order for everyone to appreciate her extra weight.
“It was something normal. We didn’t even realize that it was an abuse,” the athlete summed up.
Lyons is the 2014 European Junior champion and the 2013 youth Olympic silver medalist. Mason is a participant in the 2000 Olympics and a champion of The 1998 British Commonwealth Games.
China will cancel almost all international competitions by the end of 2020
The main state administration for physical education and sports of China announced the cancellation of international sports competitions in 2020 due to measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.
The exception will be the test events of the 2022 Olympic games and other important starts, according to Agence France-Presse.
The international Olympic Committee (IOC) and the organizing Committee of the Games at the end of March announced the postponement of the Olympics, which were to be held in the summer in Tokyo, from 2020 to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Tokyo 2020 organizing Committee, Yoshiro Mori, said that the summer Olympic games could be canceled if the pandemic could not be brought under control by next year.
Gymnast Dina Averina won gold in the exercises with a Hoop
Russian gymnast Dina Averina won an online tournament on rhythmic gymnastics in exercises with a Hoop. Competitions are held in Moscow At the Palace of rhythmic gymnastics of Irina Viner-Usmanova.
Gymnasts from Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Russia take part in the tournament. The teams of Israel and Uzbekistan (the second — in group exercises) perform at their home arenas, their performances are broadcast live. Athletes from Uzbekistan (individual championship), Kyrgyzstan and Russia are competing for medals in the capital. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition is held without an audience.
Dina Averina was the first in the Hoop exercises with a score of 25.15 points. Her sister Arina Averina took second place (23.90), and the bronze medal was taken by the representative of Uzbekistan Ekaterina Fetisova (21.20).