Louis Smith suspended for two months over Islamophobic video

Smith has appeared at three Olympic Games

Olympic athlete Louis Smith has been suspended for two months by British Gymnastics over a video in which he mocked Islam.

The video showed him laughing while retired gymnast Luke Carson mimicked Islamic prayer practices.

Smith later said he was sorry for his actions in an interview with 5Pillars.

Meanwhile, Luke Carson was given a reprimand.

“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,” British Gymnastics chief executive Jane Allen said.

“As the custodians of the integrity and values of the sport, we have had no choice but to act responsibly. 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.”

Smith missed last month’s Olympic and Paralympic celebrations for Britain’s Rio 2016 medallists to visit two London mosques “to learn more about the Muslim community.”

Smith is taking a break from the sport and is touring as a guest celebrity on the Keep Dancing stage production.

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