More than a dozen Canadian ex-gymnasts have filed a class action suit for various psychological and physical abuse they allegedly suffered over a period of several years.

Amelia Cline is the initiator of the complaint, and about 20 other potential victims have reportedly joined the class action lawsuit so far.

These athletes wish to sue Gymnastics Canada and the provincial sports federations of Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

Cline was coached by Vladimir and Svetlana Lashin at the Omega Gymnastics Sports Center located in Coquitlam, BC.

Legal documents allege that Cline, who was the victim of various abuses during her training, continues today to suffer from physical and psychological disorders, in addition to the injuries.

In the class action lawsuit, she alleges training distress, chronic neck and back injuries and resulting chronic pain, severed hamstring muscles, multiple fractures to one hand, a wrist, fingers and toes, chronic knee pain, eating disorder, growth retardation, anxiety, insomnia and recurrent nightmares.

Other members of the class action lawsuit allege they were sexually assaulted.

So far, none of these allegations have been proven in court.

Gymnastics Canada, B.C. Gymnastics and the Omega Club have yet to respond to requests for comment.

This class action request comes after a dozen active and retired gymnasts sent a letter to Sport Canada to denounce the mistreatment in their sport.

https://www.lapresse.ca/sports/2022-05-11/recours-collectif/gymnastique-canada-et-les-federations-provinciales-ciblees.php

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