Greg Rutherford plans talks with UK Athletics after criticism

Greg Rutherford
Greg Rutherford won long jump gold at the World Championships with a leap of 8.41m
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Long jump champion Greg Rutherford will speak to UK Athletics chiefs after his criticism of the governing body.

The 28-year-old completed a full set of major titles with gold at the World Championships in Beijing on Tuesday.

Rutherford has said athletes suffer because of a "class system" in UK Athletics, claiming the body can be "more of a hindrance than a help". external-link

"Absolutely I will look to sit down with them and some other people as well," said Rutherford.

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"I'm trying to build up enough people's views and experiences so that we actually have a solid case to discuss and move forward with."

Rutherford says he is happy to remain outspoken and believes athletes should speak their mind.

"The issue we have as athletes is that we're seen as a bit boring because nobody ever says anything," he said.

"Athletes should speak out if they see something wrong or if somebody has wronged you in some way.

"Rather than just keeping it in and sticking with the status quo and living with it, try to change it."

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