NZ Government 'deeply concerned' by revealing gymnastics allegations

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By RNZ

Sports Minister Grant Robertson has called allegations of psychological and physical abuse in NZ gymnastics "deeply concerning", and urges any athletes affected and their parents to come forward.

RNZ has reported that some club and elite gymnasts had complained of being verbally abused going back many years.

A series of new allegations from former gymnasts and parents has emerged about elite gymnasts being sidelined, after they complained about an overseas coach's methods, while allegations of abusive behaviour were not investigated properly.

Gymnastics New Zealand chief executive Tony Compier has told Radio New Zealand that he was unaware of any such impact on gymnasts who had spoken out and defended his organisation's investigation processes.

NZ Government 'deeply concerned' by revealing gymnastics allegations
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Sports Minister Robertson says that he's concerned over the rising number of allegations.

"I would like to acknowledge the courage of those who have stepped forward," he says. "It is imperative that sport is safe for athletes and that their wellbeing is paramount at all times.

"Sport NZ is working with Gymnastics NZ on the next steps that should be taken. I would encourage people to come forward if they have allegations to raise."