The British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association is aware of today’s BBC news story and stresses that it takes athlete welfare very seriously.
The BBSA condemns racism, sexism and any other form of discrimination in the strongest possible sense. Such attitudes have no place in our sport.
Having received a set of anonymous athlete comments regarding the performance environment following the conclusion of the 2016/17 sliding season, the BBSA immediately instigated an internal review.
Athletes were asked to formalise any complaints as part of the process to start an official investigation and allow any persons involved a right to respond but no such complaints were made.
The BBSA acted swiftly to address the situation and steps have been taken to ensure all athletes and staff are clear on the process in which to address any concerns.
A plan of action has also been agreed with athletes and staff to continue collaborating on ways of working together to ensure we deliver a positive and open environment for all.
We are proud of the diversity in our team and the success it brings.
The below statement was included in the aforementioned BBC news story published on the morning of June 13th:
"The BBSA take any matters regarding athlete care very seriously and have investigated concerns raised by athletes regarding the performance environment. No formal complaints have been made.
"However, regardless of this, we have taken steps to ensure all athletes and staff are clear on the process in which to address any concerns. We have also agreed with athletes and staff a plan to continue collaborating on ways of working together to ensure we deliver a positive and open environment for all."