Team GB Olympic Medallist Hit with Ban for Controversial Video Mocking Muslims

Four-time medal winning gymnastic champion faces sanctions over video in which he appears to mock muslims

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Olympic medallist Louis Smith has been suspended by British Gymnastics over a controversial video in which the lauded gymnast appeared to mock Islam.

In the video, Smith, 27, films Luke Carson, a retired gymnast, mocking praying muslims, whilst laughing himself. Ever since the scandal broke, Smith has been lambasted for his callous actions, with many calling for his suspension from British Gymnastics, the official governing body for UK gymnastics.

Smith, who won bronze at London 2012 and silver for pommel horse at Rio 2016, has since apologised however British Gymnastics have now approved his suspension. Jane Allen, chief executive of British Gymnastics, said:

“It is regrettable that following a historic summer of achievement, the organisation finds itself in this difficult position with two high-profile members in breach of our standards of conduct.

“As the custodians of the integrity and values of the sport, we have had no choice but to act responsibly.

“Whilst both individuals showed remorse following the incident, we hope in the future they use their profile to have a positive impact on sport and communities.”

It is not the first time Smith has come under fire however. In June, he posted a picture of a sixteen year old American gymnast, which British Gymnastics said was “unbefitting to a participant.” He had previously questioned a judge for losing in pommel to Max Whitlock at the British Championships. His suspension is therefore a “cumulative penalty” that takes into account of all his past breaches.

 

 

 

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