Aussie athletics coach suspended, athlete arrested at Comm Games

Aussie athletics coach suspended, athlete arrested at Comm Games

Athletics Australia has suspended head coach Eric Hollingsworth, after he made negative comments about athletics team captain Sally Pearson.

Hollingsworth publicly criticised Pearson for her failure to appear at a pre-games training camp, saying her absence set a bad example for the team.

“What’s lost here is she’s the team captain and there’s a reasonable expectation she’d be in the camp ahead of something as major as the Commonwealth Games,” he said,

“Her no-show sets a bad example to the entire national team.”

But Athletics Australia had requested Hollingsworth leave the matter alone until after the games.

“He acted without the authority of Athletics Australia and in contravention of the specific instructions of the chief executive officer,” a statement read.

“Athletics Australia condemns in the strongest terms his disparaging comments about Sally Pearson and his timing.”

Meanwhile an Australian athlete has been arrested at the Games village for a violent incident.

The incident is the second for the day to have involved an Australian, after the brother of an Australian boxer was jailed and charged with aggravated assault at a Commonwealth Games venue.

The athlete, who is yet to be named, has been charged with assault.

The 29-year-old man will face a Glasgow court tomorrow.

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