Britain launch athletics probe

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  • Thursday, 04 Dec 2003

LONDON: Britain is to launch an independent inquiry into the financing of UK athletics after recent failures on the track despite several years of funding from the national lottery. 

The British team failed to win a gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in Paris in August with high-profile athletes such as Dwain Chambers and Jonathan Edwards failing to win medals. 

Sir Andrew Foster, a former head of the independent body that ensures public money is used efficiently in Britain, will lead a team to investigate whether money allocated from the National Lottery is being spent in the best way to achieve success from the grass-roots up to the professional level. 

Foster said: “We want to sustain and improve the outstanding performances of recent years, although results in the World Championships were disappointing. 

“We will be asking probing questions because we must come up with real solutions and we will not duck tough or difficult issues.” 

Foster aims to complete the review by April next year. 

Britain won two silver medals and two bronze medals at the World Championships in Paris in August. 

Chambers, who finished fourth in the 100m, has tested positive for the designer steroid tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) and is awaiting a disciplinary hearing with UK Athletics. – AFP 

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