UK Athletics under investigation after athlete died

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UK Athletics is under investigation for corporate manslaughter due to the death of Paralympic discus thrower Abdullah Hayayei when a cage collapsed on him in 2017.

Hayayei, from the United Arab Emirates, died at Newham Leisure Centre in London. At the time, he was training for the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London. 

UKA was informed that they and other organizations involved were being investigated for manslaughter. 

“UK Athletics have co-operated with all agencies since the incident in 2017 and continue to do so, but have no further comment to make at this time,” the governing body said. 

More trouble for UKA

As reported on Wednesday, UKA will need to downsize due to a decreased competition schedule, therefore less broadcast revenue is available. Talks with the British Broadcasting Corporation continue and apparently talks are also ongoing with two other broadcasters. All revenues will be reduced greatly. UKA CEO Joanna Coates said that they could be forced to postpone one or two of the Diamond League meets in Gateshead and or London.

UKA has also been under the microscope for its ties to the now defunct Nike Oregon Project and banned Head Coach Alberto Salazar.

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