UK Athletics in chaos after CEO and prime official stop


UK Athletics was in chaos on Thursday after its CEO and efficiency director stop after a disappointing efficiency on the Tokyo Olympics, the nation’s worst in 25 years.

CEO Joanna Coates, the previous head of England Netball, was solely appointed in March 2020 however oversaw Britain’s poorest athletics displaying at an Olympics since 1996.

Britain’s efficiency on the observe in Tokyo was additionally overshadowed by a doping case involving silver medal-winning 4×100 metres relay runner CJ Ujah. The relay crew is more likely to be stripped of their medals.

Performance director Sara Symington, a former British Olympic bike owner, was appointed in August 2020 however goes to move again to her previous sport.

She will take up a newly-created position as head of the Olympic and Paralympic Programme for the extremely profitable Great Britain Cycling Team.

The Times newspaper reported that the resignations got here after heated exchanges on the first board assembly that includes the brand new chairman of UK Athletics, Ian Beattie.

Beattie stated in a press release: “I’d like to thank Jo and Sara for their work during their time at UK Athletics and I wish them both all the best for the future.”

The governing physique is claimed to be in monetary bother and a number of other high-profile coaches have been controversially suspended throughout Coates’ tenure.

There have been reviews that main British athletes had approached Sebastian Coe, the British head of World Athletics, in September to induce him to intervene in what they referred to as a disaster inside UK Athletics.

Mark Munro, the present UK Athletics growth director, will take over as interim CEO for six months whereas a recruitment course of is launched for each roles.

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