Ian Beatty has been named the new chairman of the UK Athletics Council as the former Scottish Athletics chief urges the crisis-stricken body to “move in the same direction” during the unrest.
- Ian Beatty named new chairman of the British Crisis Affected Athletics Association
- The former Scottish athletics executive participated in a shootout with Chris Grant.
- Beatty joins the fray during a period of tremendous turmoil amid anxiety among athletes.
- He encouraged everyone to move in the same direction and be an athletics family.
Former Scottish Athletics Chairman Ian Beatty has been named the new chairman of crisis-hit British Athletics.
Ian Beatty has been named the new chairman of the British Crisis Affected Athletics Association.
As shown Sportsmail On Tuesday, the former Scottish Athletics chairman went into a two-way battle with Sport England board member Chris Grant for the role.
Beatty replaces Nick Coward during the huge tower period for the governing body. This was most recently illustrated earlier this month, when some of Britain’s most famous athletes approached World Athletics President Sebastian Coe for help at a hotel in Zurich, citing disappointment with the way the sport is organized in that country.
The grassroots sector also feels increasingly disconnected from the organization, while the lack of a TV deal has prompted additional criticism of the regime led by CEO Joanna Coates.
Beatty will enter the game at a very difficult time, but his extensive track and field experience will at least allay some concerns about the lack of track and field expertise in the hierarchy.
Beatty said: “My vision is for athletics to be a sport in which everyone works in the same direction and takes pride in being part of the athletics family in the UK.
“It is gratifying that the structures now exist to enable this to happen, and I look forward to helping the UKA play its part in achieving this in the years to come.”
Such has been the lack of confidence in the UKA of late, last month the track and field officials called on Sir Brendan Foster to parachute as chairman. The 73-year-old man is not believed to have had any contact.
Beatty replaces Nick Coward as chairman of the organization and faces numerous challenges.