WHAT IS GOING ON AT BRITISH BOBSLEIGH?
1st October 2017
Senior figures have left, funding has been cut & then reinstated. Plus there are allegations of bullying, sexism & racism. NEW
The latest departure is that of the chief executive of the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association, Richard Parker.
A statement from BBSA said it was to “help reduce central costs and ensure that maximum available resources can be focused on our athletes and their journey to February’s Olympic Winter Games”.
Parker had been in the role 3 years are recently some athletes had made complaints of bullying, racism and sexism.
The Guardian reported that athletes were warned not to speak publicly or they may lose their chance of an Olympic place.
Here at PlanetSKI we reported earlier on the problems.
BBSA received £10m in UK Sport funding for the four-year cycle to the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
The women’s team earlier had their funding cut due to an “overspend”.
They resorted to crowdfunding and have now reached their £30,000 target.
Mica McNeill is Britain’s top female driver.
“We need to make everyone who has supported us proud and make sure the money does not go to waste,” McNeill said to BBC Sport.
“We are powered by the people and it is them who will be pushing us down the track. I truly believe we will win an Olympic medal, whether it is in this cycle or the next.
“I am committed to Pyeongchang and the next Winter Olympics in Beijing and I am prepared to do what it takes to get there.
Now some central funding has been re-instated for the women’s team.
Earlier senior departures from BBSA were the performance director, Gary Anderson and Dominik Scherrer.
Anderson cited “health issues” while Scherrer claimed he could not do his job due to a change in BBSA’s strategy.
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