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Pressure mounts on UK Athletics with funding body UK Sport seeking answers after major flaws emerged in the handling of an alleged affair between American coach Rana Reider and a teenage athlete in 2014

  • Rana Reider is alleged to have conducted an affair with an 18-year-old sprinter
  • Funding body UK Sport will contact UK Athletics about handling of investigation 
  • Coach is facing separate investigation after complaints of sexual misconduct











UK Sport will contact UK Athletics amid concerns about their handling of an alleged relationship between a teenage British athlete and the American coach Rana Reider in 2014.

With further flaws emerging on Thursday around the original UK Athletics (UKA) investigation, which was brought to light by Sportsmail on Wednesday, it is understood that the funding body UK Sport will now seek clarity on how the matter was dealt with.

The heat is back on UKA over the alleged affair between Reider, who was 44 when he attended the World Junior Championships in Oregon in 2014. 

Rana Reider is alleged to have had an affair with an 18-year-old athlete when he worked as a coach for UK Athletics

Rana Reider is alleged to have had an affair with an 18-year-old athlete when he worked as a coach for UK Athletics  

The married coach, currently facing an investigation in the US after complaints of sexual misconduct, is alleged to have had an intimate relationship with a British athlete who was 18 in 2014. 

It is claimed he was confronted by a senior member of UKA staff ahead of those World Junior Championships after they were spotted holding hands at a training camp, with romantic relationships between coaches and athletes strongly discouraged under UKA rules in 2014.

UKA confirmed on Wednesday that the matter was escalated by key members of the British team delegation at the time, but admitted their subsequent investigation was flawed, as it was handed over from the welfare team to the performance department.

Reider is currently facing a separate investigation after claims about sexual misconduct

Reider is currently facing a separate investigation after claims about sexual misconduct 

In a new development, Sportsmail understands one complainant, the team doctor Leon Creaney, received only a brief response to his letter of concern to the late performance director Neil Black dated July 19, 2014. There was no subsequent follow-up discussion on his observations.

Reider, whose lawyer has described complaints against him as ‘unproven’ and ‘unvetted’, left UKA three months after the World Junior championships but continued training lottery-funded British athletes when he worked with the Dutch athletics federation between 2014 and 2018, and then at his current base in Florida. 

Interestingly, the Dutch federation’s technical director Ad Roskam contacted UKA in 2014 to ask about whispers of Reider’s involvement with an athlete and claimed recently he was told they were rumours.

After Sportsmail reported that there had in fact been a complaint to UKA about Reider earlier that year, Roskam said on Thursday: ‘If this is correct, it’s disappointing to say the least. It is hard to do background checks and that’s a general problem in sport.’

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