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An end to starvation culture: Britain to ban weighing underage gymnasts | Israel Hayom

2023-11-29T14:08:44.939Z

Highlights: The British Gymnastics Association introduced new ethics rules on Wednesday. The new rules categorically prohibit weighing athletes under the age of 10. The rules also state that weighing can only be performed by sports doctors or doctors if there is a "scientific justification" for the procedure, such as tracking an athlete's growth spurts. In June 2022, Eloise Yutishki became the first — and to date the only — gymnast to win a civil case for the abuse she experienced from coach Andrew Griffiths.


The British Gymnastics Association has introduced new rules of ethics, including allowing athletes under the age of 18 to be weighed only with their own or parental consent in order to prevent humiliation, the pursuit of thinness and achievement at all costs


The British Gymnastics Association on Wednesday introduced new ethics rules, including that athletes under the age of 18 will only be allowed to weigh with their consent or parental consent. Last summer, lawyer Anne White's 306-page report found that British gymnastics had created a culture in which young athletes were starved, humiliated and abused, and the system prioritized the pursuit of medals over protecting children.

The report alleged that coaches sat on athletes while they stretched, humiliated them in front of peers, deprived them of food and water, and banned them from going to the bathroom. Due to strict diets, the gymnasts suffered from digestive disorders, which led to mental problems. The new rules categorically prohibit weighing athletes under the age of 10, and for older athletes under the age of 18, this procedure can only be performed with their consent or the consent of their parents or guardians. The rules also state that weighing can only be performed by sports doctors or doctors if there is a "scientific justification" for the procedure, such as tracking an athlete's growth spurts.

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In addition to weighing rules, the new policy equates not drinking water or going to the bathroom during physical activity as physical violence. In June 2022, Eloise Yutishki became the first — and to date the only — gymnast to win a civil case against the British Gymnastics Association for the abuse she experienced from coach Andrew Griffiths, with British Gymnastics acknowledging full responsibility for his actions and issuing an apology. Yutishki alleged that between 2016 and 2018, she was left "physically exhausted" after undergoing inappropriate weight management techniques by Griffiths, who is no longer licensed to train. "I think it's a big step," the former gymnast said of the new policy.

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