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Over a dozen athletes suing Gymnastics Canada, provincial bodies over alleged abuse

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Amelia Cline was an elite gymnast who loved the sport until she ended up training with new coaches. She alleges there were numerous abuses that left her with long-lasting issues. She has launched the suit naming Gymnastics Canada and six provincial governing bodies as respondents. As Kristen Robinson reports, none of the allegations have been proven in court . – May 11, 2022

More than a dozen former Canadian gymnasts have launched a class-action lawsuit claiming lasting physical and psychological damages suffered over many years.

Amelia Cline is the named plaintiff and there are as many as 20 class members so far.

The athletes are suing Gymnastics Canada and provincial governing bodies in B.C., Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

Cline was coached by Vladimir and Svetlana Lashin at Omega Gymnastics Sports Centre in Coquitlam, B.C.

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Legal documents allege that Cline, as a result of the abuse she was subjected to during training, continues to suffer from numerous physical and psychological harm and injuries.

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According to the lawsuit, they include a training-induced seizure, ongoing back and neck injuries and chronic pain, a hamstring avulsion fracture, fractures in a hand, wrist, fingers and toes, chronic knee pain, disordered eating, stunted growth, anxiety, insomnia and nightmares.

Other members of the class allege sexual abuse.

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None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Neither Gymnastics Canada, B.C. Gymnastics nor the Omega club immediately responded to requests for comment.

The lawsuit comes after dozens of current and retired gymnasts penned an open letter to Sport Canada about the maltreatment in their sport.

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