KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: The future administration of British track and field athletics is to  come under scrutiny from UK Sport.

The government agency – overseen by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport – has commissioned an “independent first stage review” into UK Athletics to assess the key components of a ‘fit for the future’ national governing body.

A statement said the review will “identify actions for the governing body to help the sport move forward, as well as defining any areas for further review.”

The move, an embarrassment for the sport during the run-up to the Olympic Games in Tokyo in July and August,  follows a stream of uncomfortable issues including UK Athletics’ confused response to the banned US coach Alberto Salazar and the disbanded Nike Oregon Project and then the bungled appointment of a new chief executive.

This preliminary work will be undertaken by Dame Sue Street, former Permanent Secretary at the department.

Sally Munday, ceo of UK Sport said: “Issues raised in recent months regarding the sport are of major concern to both UK Sport and to the leadership team at UK Athletics.

“Both organisations are committed to delivering long-term improvement and ensuring the sustainability of the sport while acting in the best interests of its athletes, staff and the wider athletics family.

“Our aim in commissioning this first stage review is to ensure we have a full understanding of the priority issues and any next steps required to help the sport move forward.”

The statement said the initial phase of  the review would “consider the strategy, leadership, governance, operation, culture and connectivity of UK Athletics within the context of the sport as a whole. This work will sit alongside independent reviews that have already been commissioned into safeguarding and UKA’s response to issues surrounding the Nike Oregon Project.”

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