Almost a third of UK athletes see 'unacceptable behaviour' during course of their training

Ben Bloom
UK Sport chair Katherine Grainger wants to get to the heart of what is happening in sport - Getty Images Europe

Almost one in three British athletes currently training for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics has either experienced or witnessed “unacceptable behaviour” during the course of their training, a report has found.

UK Sport’s Culture Health Check was launched a year ago after a raft of scandals revealed widespread bullying, sexism and racism across various Olympic and Paralympic sports in Britain.

The most notable of those saw British Cycling accused of creating a “culture of fear”. Gymnastics, swimming, canoeing and bobsleigh were also implicated.

Of the 682 elite athletes who responded to the report, 30 per cent of them revealed they had either personally experienced or witnessed unacceptable behaviour. Just 24 per cent of those reported it to their national governing body.

Revealing the findings on Wednesday, UK Sport said none of the cases highlighted by the report had resulted in disciplinary measures.

Katherine Grainger, UK Sport chair, said: “This is designed to get to the heart of what is happening. The truth will be uncovered good, bad or ugly and dealt with.”