Paying track gold medallists creates issues - Team GB chief

Team GB boss Andy Anson has questioned World Athletics' move to award track and field athletes prize money for gold medals at the Olympics Games in Paris this summer, saying it adds pressure on other sports to provide similar support for its athletes.

In an interview with Sky News, the British Olympic Association (BOA) chief executive said the move to award athletics gold medallists a prize of $50,000 was not made in consultation with other sports or with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

"What wasn't great about the announcement last week is when one sport goes off and does something on their own, doesn't include the sports, doesn't include the IOC, doesn't include the National Olympic Committees," Anson said.

"They create a problem because now other sports are clearly going to get some scrutiny or even pressure from athletes saying, 'Well what about us? How can this sport do it and not others?'

"I don't think it's particularly appropriate or helpful for one sport just to announce that."

World Athletics move will not include silver and bronze medallists in Paris, although they will earn prize money from the 2028 Los Angeles Games.