UK Athletics chief dismissed before starting role

The new chief executive of UK Athletics (UKA) has been dismissed before beginning her role after reports she allowed her husband to continue coaching athletes despite his ban from teaching.

Zara Hyde Peters was due to start as CEO next month, but UKA has forced her to abandon the role.

Hyde Peters faced a battle to keep her job after The Times reported her husband was wrongly allowed to continue coaching at a club where she was vice-chair.

Her husband had been barred from teaching due to an "inappropriate" relationship with a 15-year-old schoolgirl.

In a statement released on Monday, UKA Chair Chris Clark said: "Following recent press reports and significant media attention focused on Zara Hyde Peters, the UKA Board convened a meeting this past Sunday, Nov. 24, and discussed the situation fully.

"Following the meeting I had time with Zara to review the situation and we have agreed together that she will now not be taking up her position as CEO on Dec. 1."

Hyde Peters previously worked for UKA as director of athlete development after a stint as technical director of endurance for the organisation.