December 7, 2022

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Athlete welfare scandals will not affect Team GB’s medal success in, says UK Sport’s Sally Munday

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UK Sport chief Sally Munday does not believe the athlete welfare scandals that have ripped through Britain’s Olympic programmes over the past five years will have any bearing on Team GB‘s medal haul in Tokyo.

There have been alarming reports into the treatment of athletes across gymnastics, swimming, cycling, rowing, canoeing, bobsleigh, archery and judo in the current Olympic cycle.

Multiple independent reviews have since laid bare the troubling cultures within British sport, but Munday does not expect any medals to have been lost in the soul-searching that has followed.

UK SPORT's Sally Munday does not believe the athlete scandals will affect Team GB in Tokyo

UK SPORT's Sally Munday does not believe the athlete scandals will affect Team GB in Tokyo

UK SPORT’s Sally Munday does not believe the athlete scandals will affect Team GB in Tokyo

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While no medal target projections have been released at this point because of the lack of available performance intelligence on Team GB’s international rivals during the pandemic, Munday told Sportsmail: ‘Pre-covid, when we were still competing, performances in European and world events wouldn’t suggest that it (the athlete welfare crisis) is having a negative impact on the medal outcome. So I don’t think it will.

‘I have seen, like you have seen, coaches thinking more deeply about how they do things and I think that is positive. People are stopping and thinking, “How do I support this athlete to be the best they can be and how do I create that right environment? It has been a good thing.

‘What we saw pre-Covid is it won’t impact the medal outcome but I guess we will see.’

There have been alarming reports into the treatment of athletes across eight sports

There have been alarming reports into the treatment of athletes across eight sports

There have been alarming reports into the treatment of athletes across eight sports

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