‘What a joke’: British runner Jess Judd vents her anger on Twitter as she is denied access to high performance centre at Loughborough by UK Athletics as they attempt to reduce crowding due to coronavirus outbreak
- UK Athletics say those with Olympic qualifying standard can use Loughborough
- It is one of the measures the body is taking to reduce crowding at the centre
- However, it means some top athletes are ineligible to use their regular track
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A British runner has hit out at UK Athletics’ coronavirus regulations after being told only those with an Olympic qualifying standard can use their high performance centre at Loughborough.
Athletes were informed that amid the escalating crisis that they needed to either have the standard or be on the UKA World Class Programme to use the track as part of the effort to reduce crowding.
That has left British international Jess Judd ineligible to use her regular track as she attempts to qualify for the 5000m at the Olympics.
British athlete Jess Judd has slammed UK Athletics for denying her access to Loughborough
Citing that it was unfair on those currently outside the standard and programme, she said: ‘What a joke. Studying a phd at Loughborough Uni and now not allowed to use the track all because I haven’t achieved the Olympic standard yet. Joke! @BritAthletics you should be ashamed of yourself.’
She added: ‘I have paid my fees for @LufbraAthletics and self fund my athletics and to see this is a disgrace.
‘I train purely with my boyfriend, I never interact with anyone else so social isolation is no issue. I am fuming. You are destroying my training whilst enabling others to carry on.’
Judd was selected to represent Team GB at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha
There have already been coronavirus scares at the facilities in Loughborough which elite athletes are being invited to use.
As exclusively revealed by Sportsmail, a Scottish Women’s Rugby player being treated for coronavirus spent days training near to Olympians before she was diagnosed.
The international caught the virus in Italy where she had travelled with her team-mates ahead of their cancelled Six Nations clash in Rome.
She returned to her university halls beside the sports facilities before she was diagnosed.
A map shows just how close the HIPAC – the high performance athletics centre used by Team GB – is to the areas visited by the infected rugby player on her return to Loughborough