Gymnastics: Spanish coach suspended over 'bad treatment'

Spain's artistic gymnastics coach, Jesus Carballo Garcia, has been suspended following allegations from a former gymnast over "bad treatment" when she was under his guidance during the 1980s.

The decision was taken after an investigation carried out by the Superior Council of Sports (CSD), ruled that Garcia would be refused entry to the team's training centre after an unnamed gymnast went to the Spanish authorities with her complaints.

"The CSD have taken the decision to refuse Jesus Carballo access to the the team's training centre after learning of the complaints against him from a former gymnast over bad treatment," a CSD spokesman told AFP.

"This complaint comes from a gymnast who is no longer competively active but was so during the 1980s," he continued.

"The case has been handed to the police and we must now wait for the conclusions."

The affair follows a similiar case last September, when the Spanish swimming federation decided to fire their synchronised swimming coach Anna Tarres, after the publication of an open letter was released to the press from several former swimmers.

The letter contained acccusations from several athletes over allegedly bad treatment inflicted on them by Tarres.