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British gymnasts claim they were beaten and starved

British Gymnastics was Monday night reeling from a new child abuse scandal after two women publicly accused its coaches of having bullied, beaten and starved them.

Catherine Lyons, a former junior and British champion, and Lisa Mason, an Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, came forward in the wake of Athlete A, a Netflix documentary about the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal.

The duo were said to be among dozens of current or former elite British gymnasts accusing their coaches of having abused them, including some too terrified to speak out for fear of being axed ahead of next summer’s Olympics.

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