British sprinter Emily Diamond urges elite athletes to not abuse Covid-19 training exemption

Jane McGuire
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Photo credit: Ian MacNicol - Getty Images
Photo credit: Ian MacNicol - Getty Images

From Runner's World

British sprinter Emily Diamond has urged elite athletes to not abuse the Covid-19 exemption that allows them to train and compete during the latest lockdown.

In response to a video posted on social media, showing the dressing room celebrations of Chorley FC’s players, who sang together following their 2-0 FA Cup third-round victory over Derby, Diamond posted, ‘Please don’t ruin it for all elite sport, football’.

Elite athletes have faced criticism for mid-season trips to the United Arab Emirates, where Diamond is currently at a British training camp.

Speaking to BBC Sport, she said, ‘It is disappointing to see things that look like they're being taken for granted’.

In response to accusations that football isn’t the only elite sport to blame, Diamond replied, ‘I’m sure it’s not all footballers, just like it’s not all athletes…

‘I just wish everyone who has been granted elite sport status realised and appreciated the special treatment they have been given and don’t take it for granted. A lot are being careful (UK and Dubai) but a lot aren’t and it’s frustrating to see.’

The 400m runner added, ‘It would be such a shame if these minority videos stop it then for everyone.

‘I didn't mean to put all the emphasis on football but I think because football obviously is such a big sport in the country and it's got such a massive fanbase and it gets most of the headlines.’

Diamond won a 400m relay bronze at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and is hoping to represent Great Britain at the delayed Tokyo Olympics this year.

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