LONDON (AP) — A culture of mistrust. A lack of transparency. A widespread belief that things “couldn’t get any worse.”
Britain’s track-and-field body received scathing criticism Thursday in an independent review that was commissioned following a number of controversies and failures in recent years.
“The scars inflicted as a result of the period of difficulty within athletics are clear to see,” the report read. “The impression formed during the review was that athletics in the UK is not (currently) in a good position.”
UK Athletics has been criticized for the handling of its relationship with prominent American coach Alberto Salazar, who was banned for four years in October for doping violations. The British team failed to meet its medal target at last year’s world championship, winning just five — its lowest tally since 2005.
There have also been several resignations in key leadership roles in the past year, with its chairman and chief executive among those stepping down.