World Championships: Rutherford has UK Athletics concerns

Greg Rutherford qualifies for long jump final
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British Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford says athletes are suffering because of a "class system" within the structure of UK Athletics.

Rutherford, 28, has previously said the sport's governing body in Britain can be "more of a hindrance than a help".external-link

And after qualifying for Tuesday's World Championships long jump final, he said more details would emerge.

"Things that will come to light we've been dealing with for the last few years," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"Things have not been working very well for me. As things come out, we'll see there are different class systems within the system which I don't think works well and, for me, is a massive hindrance.

"It's safe to say there's a bit more to come out in the coming months."

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Rutherford said recently that he has not been funded since 2012,external-link the year he won gold at the London Olympics, and that his medical support from UKA had been reduced.

And the European and Commonwealth champion also criticised the absence of the union jack on the team's vests for the World Championships.

On Monday, after qualifying second for the long jump final in Beijing, he said: "For example, my physio arrived late last night.

"I've been here a week and I think 12 of his 13 athletes have been here since Wednesday and he'd been asked to stay in Japan.

"So I think there are a few silly things going on they need to change and I'm in a position to let people know what's going on."

When it was put to him by BBC interviewer Sonja McLaughlan that UK Athletics would say they let him manage his own build-up to the championships, he replied: "More's to come out, we'll wait until after tomorrow."

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