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BRI­TISH Athletics has sus­pended javelin coach David Parker af­ter al­le­ga­tions of an in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­la­tion­ship with a fe­male thrower.

Parker, who is a na­tional per­for­mance in­sti­tute coach for throws based at Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity, is un­der­stood to have had a re­la­tion­ship with a non-Lot­tery funded ath­lete who was study­ing at the univer­sity.

The 37-year-old won the world ju­nior ti­tle in 1998 and later rep­re­sented Eng­land at the 2006 Com­mon­wealth Games be­fore go­ing into coach­ing and team man­age­ment.

A Bri­tish Athletics state­ment read: “Bri­tish Athletics and Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity can con­firm that a coach has been sus­pended pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“Both or­gan­i­sa­tions are work­ing closely to sup­port any ath­lete who may be im­pacted in any way.”


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