Aussie athletics coach sacked

7:02 pm on 31 July 2014

The head coach of Australian athletics team at the Commonwealth Games has been suspended for publicly criticising the Olympic 100 metres hurdles champion Sally Pearson.

Eric Hollingsworth accused her of setting a bad example to the Australian team a day before she begins the defence of her title in Glasgow.

Hollingsworth defied his bosses and released a statement to the media overnight condemning Pearson's decision to miss a pre-tournament training camp with her team-mates in Glasgow, in favour of racing in London.

He also said Pearson, who's the team captain, had not told the truth about the support she had received from the Australian team.