Athletics UK is heading into a showdown with Adam Gemili and Daryll Neita after telling top sprinters to cut ties with American coach Rana Reider over multiple complaints of sexual misconduct.
- Adam Gemili and Daryll Neita were told to leave contact with Rana Reider
- The technician faces an investigation by the SafeSport Center of the United States
- The sprinters have yet to cut ties with the American and jeopardize its funding
UK Athletics is heading into a possible confrontation with two of its top sprinters over their involvement with an American coach who is the subject of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
UKA told Adam Gemili and Daryll Neita last week to stop contacting Rana Reider or jeopardize their funding, after they were notified by the United States SafeSport Center that the Florida-based coach is facing an investigation.
Gemili, 28, and Neita, 25, have since been discussing with UKA how to proceed. But it is understood that, for the moment, they have not broken ties with the 51-year-old coach.
American coach Rana Reider is the subject of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct
Sprinters Adam Gemili (left) and Daryll Neita (right) could face a showdown with UK Athletics
When asked about the situation, UKA Acting CEO Mark Munro, who intervened after Joanna Coates ‘resignation last month, said:’ I cannot give you an answer in terms of what you plan to do.
‘For us, whether in Rena’s situation or in any other coach, we must make sure to protect our athletes first and foremost. Therefore, we must ensure that the environment is as safe as it needs to be. We will be in a better position in the coming weeks to find out what they plan to do. ‘
Reider’s attorney, Ryan Stevens, confirmed Sportsmail on Monday the coach has yet to receive a notification of the allegations from the US SafeSport Center.
Reider’s attorney confirmed to Sportsmail that the coach has yet to receive notification of the allegations.
Meanwhile, Munro and UKA’s new chairman Ian Beattie are resurrecting talks with the BBC about a broadcast deal.
His previous deal expired last year, and Coates drew criticism about plans to explore online streaming options rather than swallow production costs that would maintain the sport’s ground-based presence.
Munro said: ‘We have had a great association for a long time with the BBC, so hopefully we can put athletics back on the BBC. We will have to have those conversations in the next few weeks. ‘