Black girl at centre of Irish gymnastics race row ‘badly let down’, says ministry


Statement comes as it emerges that head of Ireland’s sporting authority told family girl’s treatment was not racist

Ireland’s sports ministry has said that a young gymnast at the centre of a racism row was “badly let down”, as it emerged that the head of the country’s sporting authority told the family last year that the girl’s treatment wasn’t racist.

Una May, the CEO of Sports Ireland, said the judge who ignored the only black gymnast in the competition lineup had got the medals “tangled up”, in comments witnessed by at least two people outside the family.

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