Rutherfield slams UKA

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Greg Rutherford was making headlines before the World Championship long jump final by claiming the sport’s governing body, UK Athletics (UKA), was more of a ‘hindrance than a help’ in his career.

Rutherford was part of ‘Super Saturday’ back in 2012 - the night when he, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis claimed gold medals at a packed Olympic Stadium in London.

But while Ennis and Farah have gone on to lucrative funding and sponsorship deals, Rutherford had his funding cut, and still finds himself having to fork out for medical treatment.

“The issue I have – and this is more UK Sport than UKA – is that funding is your salary,” he said. “If you have a mortgage, you know you’re covered. It takes away the stress.

“It’s very frustrating when you ask somebody at your national governing body to help and they say no.

“It’s as if your national governing body is more of a hindrance than a help.”

Rutherford also claimed he was only offered help after he put in a winning performance in Stockholm recently.

He said: “I’ve had nothing offered all year. Now it looks like I am a medal chance you want to help me?

“I politely refused. I don’t think that’s right. It’s a problem that needs to be addressed.”