Commonwealth Games 2014: Australia suspend head coach over Pearson comments
Glasgow: The Australian athletics federation on Wednesday suspended head coach Eric Hollingsworth for disparaging comments he made about the team`s star hurdler Sally Pearson.
Hollingsworth said in a bizarrely timed, outspoken statement that Pearson, the defending Olympic and Commonwealth champion, had been a bad example to younger athletes by not appearing at the team camp in Gateshead last week.
"Athletics Australia is bitterly disappointed that Eric Hollingsworth has chosen to make a statement to the media at a time when our focus as a group should be wholly on supporting our athletes` performances," said AA president David Grace.
"He acted without the authority of Athletics Australia and in contravention of the specific instructions of the Chief Executive Officer.
"Athletics Australia condemns in the strongest terms his disparaging comments about Sally Pearson and his timing.
"We have therefore suspended Eric Hollingsworth as an employee of Athletics Australia until such time as the Athletics Australia Board can convene to consider the matter."
According to Australian press reports, Hollingsworth and Pearson had a falling-out after the world indoor championships in Poland in March, when the hurdler won silver, and have not talked since.
Pearson, who also won outdoor gold in Daegu in 2011 and silver last year in Moscow, also had part of her funding docked because of her decision not to attend the team`s camp.
In his statement, Hollingsworth said: "Sally was coming all along until the last minute when she opted to take a race in London.
"What`s lost here is she`s the team captain and there`s a reasonable expectation she`d be in the camp ahead of something as major as the Commonwealth Games. Her no-show sets a bad example to the entire national team."
Download the all new Zee News app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with latest headlines and news stories in Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Business and much more from India and around the world.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- DNA: Exiled Kashmiri Pandits share their heart wrenching stories
- Basic ideals of Constitution are in danger: Sonia Gandhi
- PM Modi greets nation on occasion of first Constitution Day
- Manjula Vaghela's journey: From rag picker to head of a firm with Rs 1 cr turnover!
- Indian Army faces shortage of field firing ranges in J&K
- Woman commits suicide after heated discussion with husband over Aamir Khan's intolerance remark
- Intolerance issue: Those attacking me are only proving my point, says Aamir Khan – Read full statement
- Setback to Kejriwal-led AAP as MLA Akhilesh Tripathi arrested in riot case
- 10 interesting facts about Constitution which every Indian must know
- See pic: Genelia marks son's birthday!