Australian Sports Commission Launches Review Of Athletics Following CWG Meltdown
The Australian Sports Commission is "poised to launch a swimming-type review of athletics in Australia after the dysfunctional off-track performance at the Commonwealth Games which culminated in the extraordinary public brawl between the head coach and Australia's best athlete," according to Michael Gleeson of THE AGE. The ASC, which "almost entirely funds athletics in Australia," is expected to announce a "broad-ranging review into the sport in the manner of that undertaken into swimming after the scandalous Stilnox drug use at the London Olympics." The ASC review will not focus on the "spectacularly public breakdown of the relationship" between high-performance coach Eric Hollingsworth and Olympic Gold Medalist Sally Pearson. The ASC believes that was "symptomatic of other issues in the sport." ASC Chair John Wylie said, "It would most likely be an independent review so it would be similar in character to what happened in swimming ... I think it's too early to be putting dates and deadlines and time-frames on this. We are still looking at all options and looking at the right way for a whole of sport review to be done." Athletics Australia has "already started its review of what happened in Glasgow and all issues relating to the structure of the high-performance department and how it broke down so spectacularly" (THE AGE, 8/20).