Underperforming athletes under threat

Underperforming athletes under threat

LONDON – Britain’s Commonwealth Games sprint flops and other athletes have been told to start producing the goods or risk losing their lottery funding.

That is the tough new stance being taken by UK Athletics performance director Dave Collins who singled out the nation’s sprinters for special criticism while levying his threat at all athletes. “I operate a system that focuses on producing podium and top eight places in World and Olympic Games,” said the tough-talking former lawyer and Royal Marine.”Athletes are completely aware of the consequences and the public can rest assured that any athlete who underperforms is under threat.”Collins insisted: “We all need to perform.Athletes will not be permitted to operate in a comfort zone and we do not fund mediocrity.”We now have a system that sets targets that need to be achieved by any athlete fortunate to be in receipt of public funding.”But he believes the recent Commonwealth Games gold medal successes of Christine Ohuruogu in the 400 m and Lisa Dobriskey over 1,500 m, plus some quality showings by several other up-and-coming athletes, does lend hope for the future.”However, there was a generally poor medal haul, indicative of the current weakness in our sport – together with several instances of significant and unacceptable under-performance,” he added with a clear reference to the men sprinters.-Nampa-AFP”I operate a system that focuses on producing podium and top eight places in World and Olympic Games,” said the tough-talking former lawyer and Royal Marine.”Athletes are completely aware of the consequences and the public can rest assured that any athlete who underperforms is under threat.”Collins insisted: “We all need to perform.Athletes will not be permitted to operate in a comfort zone and we do not fund mediocrity.”We now have a system that sets targets that need to be achieved by any athlete fortunate to be in receipt of public funding.”But he believes the recent Commonwealth Games gold medal successes of Christine Ohuruogu in the 400 m and Lisa Dobriskey over 1,500 m, plus some quality showings by several other up-and-coming athletes, does lend hope for the future.”However, there was a generally poor medal haul, indicative of the current weakness in our sport – together with several instances of significant and unacceptable under-performance,” he added with a clear reference to the men sprinters.-Nampa-AFP

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