55 percent pay increase for Niels De Vos/UK Athletics in 2012, courtesy of insidethegames.biz, some thoughts from Larry Eder

One of the big conversations of the weekend was the recent revelation that Niels De Vos, the chief executive of UK Athletics (or is it British Athletics) received a fifty-five percent pay raise in 2012. Now, we at RunBlogRun are not so small to think that top executives who drive growth and keep costs in control. 


While a CEO like de Vos answers to the board, and, on his best days, will infuriate half of his observers, many question how the raise was justified. UK athletics had superb performances in 2012 London, but did not achieve their goal of eight medals. In 2013 Moscow, Mo Farah was the big story, and there were few other highlights for British athletics.

The Year after the Olympics is always a let down for many, and the London 2012 Olympics were huge.

Perhaps, in the first place, Mr. De Vos needs a better PR team. We look forward to Mr. De Vos or his team responding to the questions, which are part of the game in a free society. 

LONDON (GBR): UK Athletics has been strongly criticised after it was revealed that chief executive Niels de Vos received a 55 per cent pay increase during 2012. De Vos, who has been in the role since 2007, received a 90 000 GBP bonus in his salary for the 2012-2013 tax year to take his total salary to 254 994 GBP in comparison with 164 326 GBP the previous year. Writes insidethegames.biz.  This came in the same year a number of coaches were made redundant as UK Athletics moved to centralize its coaching support at the National Performance Institute at Loughborough, while funds have also declined for volunteer coaches. This has provoked a barrage of criticism from current and former athletes. UK Athletics are yet to offer an official response to the accusations.

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