UK Athletics heavily criticised in review

An independent review into UK Athletics has identified a "general culture of mistrust" within the organisation and concluded that the sport in Britain "is not currently in a good position.""

The review into the country's track and field governing body was commissioned by funding agency UK Sport in February after a turbulent 15 months in which UK Athletics lost its CEO, performance director and chair.

UK Athletics was also criticised for its handling of the fallout from the Alberto Salazar scandal, notably its decision to allow Britain's Olympic champion Mo Farah to continue training at the Nike Orgeon Project despite concerns raised in 2015 about the American track coach who ran the project.

Salazar was banned from athletics for four years in October after being found guilty of doping violations following a US Anti-Doping Agency investigation.

He has denied any wrongdoing and appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his ban.

"Many of the participants that were interviewed highlighted a disappointment at having experienced poor behaviours within the sport, and also referred to a general culture of mistrust," the review read.

"It was often referenced," the report added, "that the current state of athletics 'couldn't get any worse."'

Among the review's key recommendations was the need for a more positive, collaborative approach and the appointment of an independent chair.

UK Athletics said in a statement that it was "committed to working together positively and collectively to support the recommended change plan."