Zara Hyde Peters talks of the 'painful, but correct decision' to pass up CEO role at UK Athletics amid allegations against her husband

Zara Hyde Peters was only named the new CEO of UK Athletics in August (Twitter: Holy_key1)
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Zara Hyde Peters said her decision to relinquish the role of CEO at UK Athletics is 'good for the sport' but was a 'painful' one to make.

The announcement came following a report by The Times in which allegations emerged that her husband Mike Peters was allowed to coach at a club while she was Vice-Chair despite him being banned from teaching for an 'inappropriate relationship' with a 15-year-old girl.

And while the move to step down was a tough one for Zara Peters to make, she insists it was the right one.

Speaking to Athletics Weekly, she said: "Trial by media is almost impossible to deal with and is not a process that properly protects the rights of those caught up in it.

"I have been a lifelong participant in - and contributor to - the sport of athletics. I have always respected the interests of the sport and my fellow competitors, the officials and all the many volunteers involved; these are the most important things to me."

Peters was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct as a result of the 'inappropriate relationship' after being cleared of sexual misconduct.

The situation arose while he was a PE teacher at Bilton High School in Warwickshire between 2004 and 2005.