Nile Wilson, bronze medalist on high bar at the 2016 Rio Olympics, says British gymnasts are “treated like chunks of meat” because of the “culture of abuse” that exists in the sport.
“Gymnasts are still, in my opinion, treated like pieces of meat (…), the 24-year-old champion told the BBC on Monday. JI would describe this as a culture of abuse, and I lived and breathed it for 20 years.”
“It’s emotional manipulation, being pushed by physical pain is something I’ve been through, explained the gymnast. I have been mistreated. But we wanted to win Olympic medals, the governing body wanted to win Olympic medals, coaches wanted to win Olympic medals.”
Earlier this year, Wilson filed a complaint after an altercation with an executive at a party at his Leeds gymnastics club. After an internal club investigation, it was rejected. “I was told, and I felt, that I was the problem; I felt like I wasn’t being heard and that I was wrongWilson said.
Wilson has since left the club in his hometown and revealed that he fears the airing of his grievances will cost him a seat at the Tokyo Games next year.
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