Adam Gemili and Laviai Nielsen have been cut off from the Lottery-funded World Class Programme by UK Athletics after choosing to stay in Florida with Coach Rana Reider, who is the subject of an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct.
A statement from UKA read: “UKA’s position has not changed in that any athlete working directly with Rana Reider given the confirmed complaints of sexual misconduct against him from US Safe Sport will not be able to be supported through the World Class Programme (WCP).
“Our discussions have been ongoing with athletes who are working directly with Rana Reider in Florida. “To date Daryll Neita has chosen to leave the group and find an alternative coaching set up and has committed to the WCP for the year ahead.”
UK Athletics in November told its athletes to stay away from Reider until the investigation ends, even though the American, 51, told the Guardian the investigation was “news to me”.
“All lines of communication will remain open with the athletes and we will support them with any future decision making as and when there are any developments communicated by US Safe Sport.”