Championships on track but big names stay away
The head of UK Athletics has lamented the lack of big names due to compete at next month’s British Championships, which she insists will take place in Manchester despite an escalation in coronavirus numbers in the area.
Having been pushed back from June to August, and then again to its current slot of Sept 4-5, the event has come under threat due to a rise in Covid-19 cases.
Joanna Coates, UK Athletics chief executive, said the flexibility remained to move to a fourth potential date, but the outlook remained “positive” for next month.
“At the moment cancellation isn’t being spoken about at all,” she said.
Mo Farah and Katarina JohnsonThompson are due to compete in Brussels on the same weekend, while the likes of Dina Asher-Smith, Laura Muir, Adam Gemili and Jemma Reekie have not signed up.
“I’ve got to say I’m disappointed because we’d want them there and British TV viewers would love to see them,” Coates said. “It is disappointing they are not there, but there’s still going to be some fantastic athletes on show.”