By David Coverdale For The Daily Mail
Published: 00:00 BST, 8 September 2020 | Updated: 00:00 BST, 8 September 2020
Britain's Olympic and Paralympic sports have been warned that their funding could be stripped if they do not properly protect the welfare of their athletes.
A Sportsmail investigation on Monday found that UK Sport had not taken money away from any governing bodies on the grounds of athlete welfare in the past two Olympic cycles despite a string of scandals.
However, UK Sport chief executive Sally Munday has now revealed she would not 'shy away' from taking that hardline approach, as she looks to restore the reputation of an elite sport system which has been further hit by the recent abuse allegations in British Gymnastics.
Sally Munday has warned UK Sport will cut funding if the welfare of athletes is not protected
Munday, who replaced Liz Nicholl as CEO last year, said: 'We do have the ultimate power of taking money away and we will take money away if we think that needs to happen. We won't shy away if we feel that is the requirement.
'The important thing is how can we help sports to learn and improve. But we will put conditions into funding awards where it is required, and they will have to meet those conditions. We will remove funding if we need to.'
Munday was speaking at an event to update on the work UK Sport are doing to improve the culture within a system which has been criticised for chasing Olympic and Paralympic medals at all costs.
The reputation of British Gymnastics has been tarnished by recent allegations of abuse
She announced the creation of 200 culture champions and 300 mental health champions, and released results from UK Sport's latest Culture Health Check, a survey which was first launched in 2017 after an