Four-time Olympic medallist Smith banned for two months


British Gymnastics has banned Louis Smith for two months after the four-time Olympic medallist admitted breaching its standards of conduct.

Smith won a silver medal on the pommel horse in Rio for the second successful Olympics, but has since found himself in hot water after seemingly mocking Islam in a video which also featured fellow gymnast Luke Carson.

The 27-year-old apologised and has now been sanctioned after also breaching the standards of conduct with a social media post in June.

Carson's reprimand will stay on his record for two years, but he will not face any further punishment due to this being his first offence.

British Gymnastics chief executive Jane Allen 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 and refer this case to an independent panel for their review and determination.

"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."