Crisis-stricken UK Athletics in new storm over allocating vital funding to athletes
Crisis-stricken UK Athletics in new storm over allocating vital funding to athletes in battle for Olympic glory
- The governing body named 67 athletes on their World-Class Program
- Each athlete will receive between £10,000 and £28,000 from the National Lottery
- Several coaches have questioned the process behind funding allocation
UK Athletics has again come under fire for distributing funding to athletes.
The governing body on Monday named 67 athletes on their program world-class, with each receiving between £10,000 and £28,000 in support of the National Lottery.
However, a number of coaches have questioned the process behind the money allocation, with one coach stating that their athlete did not receive a performance rating prior to their funding decision.
Performance director Sara Symington promised a robust process to allocate the funding
According to the coach, this contradicted an email from performance director Sara Symington on September 17.
The coach told Sportsmail: “It is my understanding that end-of-season assessments should always be made before the roster meeting. It is an opportunity for athlete and coach to collect all the information they want to enter in that meeting. Can you really claim that a process is well-informed and robust without those encounters?’
The latest criticism comes at a time when several senior athletes are bitterly disillusioned with the way UKA is run, including its performance hierarchy, which is recovering from their worst Olympics since 1996.
Coach Andy Young (above) has been fired despite Laura Muir’s success in Tokyo
There has been a huge discord on the coaching side, with the UKA desperate for money telling all coaches about consultancy deals in September that their positions would be terminated on September 30th.
Curiously, the victims of that maneuver were also Andy Young, despite Scotsman leading Laura Muir to an Olympic silver medal.
Sportsmail understands he was approached by CEO Joanna Coates on Sept. 11 and told him he would get a new deal, but remains in limbo for five weeks.