Commonwealth Games: Charlie Fellows 'lied to' after British Gymnastics snub

Charlie Fellows has announced her retirement
Charlie Fellows had planned to retire after the British Championships earlier this month

Charlie Fellows says she has been "lied to and let down" by not being called into England's Commonwealth Games squad.

Fellows, 21, postponed plans to retire in the hope of going to the Games, which start in Australia next week.

She says she was told by British Gymnastics she would be considered for a call-up in the event of injury.

But after Amy Tinkler pulled out of the Games with an ankle injury, 15-year-old Taeja James was selected instead.

"To British Gymnastics, I'd just like to say thank you for ruining my retirement," she said. "I know that I not only deserved but earned my place on the Commonwealth Games team.

"I've been lied to and let down by people I thought I could trust. I am honestly heartbroken."

In a statement, British Gymnastics told BBC Sport its decisions were based on "performance and performance development".

It added: "We have robust selection processes and policies in place to ensure fairness and to maximise the potential for success at international competitions.

"The process ws used was in line with the selection policy based on results over the last six-eight months and the potential to develop during the Tokyo and Paris Olympic cycles."

Fellows finished third behind Kelly Simm and Tinkler in the all-around event at the 2018 British Championships earlier this month.

That event was not considered in any of the selection decisions and Fellows did not appeal against her initial exclusion.

Four-time Commonwealth champion Claudia Fragapane is out with a torn Achilles, while sisters Becky and Ellie Downie are not fit enough after elbow and ankle surgery respectively.

Lucy Stanhope replaced Fragapane in England's artistic team for the Games on Australia's Gold Coast from 4 to 15 April and is joined by James, Simm, Georgia-Mae Fenton and Alice Kinsella.

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