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International Gymnastics Federation admit concern over sexual abuse allegations in United States

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The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has admitted it is “very concerned” by the allegations of widespread sexual abuse in the sport in the United States, while stressing its “zero tolerance” approach to the issue.

In a statement, the FIG also confirmed they had established a working group to “review and reinforce its existing rules in this respect”.

The governing body said they would “closely monitor developments in the United States and work with USA Gymnastics to determine if any next steps are necessary” after an investigation undertaken by the Indianapolis Star claimed that “at least” 368 American gymnasts have made allegations of sexual abuse in the past 20 years.

“Just as we do not tolerate doping in gymnastics, we have zero tolerance for sexual abuse or harassment in our sport,” newly-elected FIG President Morinari Watanabe, who officially takes office on Sunday (January 1), said.

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