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Inside British Bobsleigh: a toxic culture which left athletes afraid to speak up | Sean Ingle :-: the Guardian

It has received generous funding from UK Sport but the BBSA seems to be failing when it comes to creating a harmonious and inclusive set-up expected of a British Olympic team

It is a familiar tale. British athletes speaking out about bullying and a “toxic” culture of fear. Hard evidence of inappropriate behaviour from senior coaches and plummeting morale. UK Sport appearing to do little about it for years before belatedly acting. This is not British Cycling we are talking about, however, but British Bobsleigh.

Many British Olympic sports are rightly proud of their professionalism and successes. UK Sport, which celebrated its 21st birthday last month, also points to Britain’s giddy position in the medal table since the Atlanta Games in 1996 as a justification for its efforts and tough funding decisions. Yet increasingly the flaws in the system are beginning to show.

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