A leading gymnastics coach was pulled from Great Britain’s coaching squad just weeks before the Tokyo Olympics after a serious allegation was made against her, BBC Sport has learned.
At the time, Liz Kincaid’s retirement from the sport was given as the official reason for her withdrawal.
However, British Gymnastics had removed her from the team after an allegation was made about the mental health of one of her former gymnasts.
An investigation was launched but British Gymnastics had received other complaints about Kincaid almost a year earlier. Kincaid strongly denies all the allegations.
British Gymnastics said the British Olympic Association’s rules state no-one with “any unresolved ongoing complaints about them” could attend the Games.
A wider independent investigation into allegations of abuse within British gymnastics is ongoing, after a number of current and former gymnasts alleged mistreatment at all levels of the sport in 2020.
The final report of the independent review, led by Anne Whyte QC and co-commissioned by Sport England and UK Sport, is due to be published at the end of May.