x
x
x
x

Tue, November 23, 2021

UK Sport introduces pregnancy guidance for Olympic and Paralympic athletes and sports

UK Sport introduces pregnancy guidance for Olympic and Paralympic athletes and sports

UK Sport has for the first time introduced pregnancy guidance for Olympic and Paralympic athletes and sport governing bodies.

The guidance includes advice for both pregnancy and continues once the athlete has given birth. UK Sport said “starting a family and being an elite athlete should not be mutually exclusive.” Five-time Olympic archer Naomi Folkard who gave birth in early 2021 before competing at this years Tokyo Olympics said “Female athletes should no longer have to make a choice between their athletic career and having children. I hope in a short time it will encourage sports science to not only begin to cover women and men equally, but also have pregnancy specific research projects for female athletes.”

One key point is that any athlete on a world class programme who receives an athlete performance award would continue to receive this throughout the duration of their pregnancy and for up to nine months after giving birth. Further guidance will be developed that is tailored toward surrogacy, adoption, egg freezing, IVF, and same-sex parents.

UK Sport chief executive Sally Munday said “No athlete should be forced to make a choice between elite sport and starting a family. Giving birth and starting a family can be physically and mentally challenging for a mother, so it is essential that female athletes, and sports, have the right resources at their disposal. We want to ensure that mothers and mothers-to-be are fully confident that they will be supported fairly and appropriately in all aspects of their life.”

The guidance is another positive move for mothers which have come since seven-time Olympic Champion Allyson Felix revealed that Nike wanted her to sign a new contract after she became a mother which would pay her 70% less than her previous contract before she became pregnant. Nike subsequently changed their approach and confirmed that it would “not apply any performance-related reduction” for 18 months.

Share

Recent News Articles

Mon, September 26, 2022

Boxing’s Olympic future in doubt after IBA backs Russian president Umar Kremlev

Boxing’s inclusion at future Olympics has been plunged into further doubt after the International Boxing Association (IBA) backed Russian president Umar Kremlev by voting against allowing a leadership challenge against him. 

Read More

Fri, September 23, 2022

WADA Executive Committee approves 2023 Prohibited List

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee has approved the 2023 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods which will come into force on 1st January 2023.

Read More

Wed, September 21, 2022

University of Toledo receives Title IX complaints over failures to address complaints against women’s soccer coach

The University of Toledo has received multiple Title IX complaints related to their failure to address complaints of sexual assault and emotional abuse that were made against women’s soccer coach Brad Evans. 

Read More