British Athletics suspends coach over allegations of inappropriate relationship

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. British Athletics has suspended the javelin coach David Parker after allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a female thrower.Parker, who is a national performance institute coach for throws with British Athletics, is understood to have had a relationship with an athlete who was studying at Loughborough University – where Parker is also the lead throws coach – at the time of the allegations. Under the university’s rules teacher-student relationships are banned.British Athletics and Loughborough University have confirmed they are “working closely to support any athlete who may be impacted in any way”. The Guardian understands that the thrower is not an elite member of the British team.Parker was a talented teenage athlete, winning the world junior title in 1998 and later representing England at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.The 37-year-old then moved into coaching and has combined his work at Loughborough with a part-time contract at British Athletics where he works under the head of throws and jumps, Peter Stanley.Having graduated from Loughborough University with an MSc in Sports Biomechanics in 2005 and worked for the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield as a senior strength and conditioning coach, Parker was highly rated in some quarters – although others felt he was full of himself. This year he was made the British team leader for the European Under-23s Championship in Poland, where the UK finished in second place.A British Athletics statement read: “British Athletics and Loughborough University can confirm that a coach has been suspended pending an investigation. Both organisations are working closely to support any athlete who may be impacted in any way.” Parker has not yet commented on the allegations. Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Athletics news Reuse this content Share via Email Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Topicslast_img

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