Athletics: Jackson back in business after treatment: British federation has rich agenda for management meeting

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COLIN JACKSON, who pulled out of Sunday night's Cologne grand prix as a precaution because of a painful foot, trained yesterday morning and will compete as scheduled at Zurich tomorrow. Meanwhile the Zurich promoter, Andreas Brugger, has reiterated that Linford Christie and Carl Lewis will race again at his meeting following their lucrative confrontation in Gateshead on Friday.

There have been voices of dissent over the justice of Lewis and Christie taking pounds 100,000 each at a time when others have been struggling to survive in the sport. The question is sure to be debated at Friday's management board meeting of the British Athletic Federation.

Wider issues also seem likely to be aired - notably the role of the Federation's promotions officer, Andy Norman, who has been criticised for holding too many potentially conflicting roles with his position as an agent for athletes such as Christie and Jackson coming under particular scrutiny.

With the arrangements for elite athletics being monitored, it is possible that responsibility for sending small teams to meetings abroad, which has previously been Norman's role, may be transferred to the national director of coaching, Frank Dick.

In the light of revelations that Christie earns more than twice as much per meeting as fellow Olympic gold medallist Sally Gunnell, the committee will discuss complaints from its women's advisory group that Britain's women are not treated equally - another veiled attack on Norman's role.

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