Brexit has cost the sports minister her seat on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s foundation board ahead of its decision whether to bring Russia in from the cold.
Wada confirmed Tracey Crouch, who only joined the agency’s ruling body at the start of last year had “voluntarily stepped down” before next month’s meeting in Seoul, South Korea, at which the Russian Anti-Doping Agency could be reinstated following the country’s doping scandal.
Crouch stepped aside on October 10 “to make way for an alternative European Union (EU) representative to serve the remaining period of her three-year term”, according to a statement issued by Wada.
The 42-year-old’s departure is the first major sporting consequence of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, which saw the country subsequently surrender its slot for the rotating EU presidency.
Wada said: “At the time of Minister Crouch’s appointment, the United Kingdom formed part of what was the then future EU Presidency Trio and it was due to this status that the UK took up one of the EU’s seats.”
Crouch has already been removed from the list of the 38 foundation board members on the agency’s website, with Wada confirming her replacement would be announced “shortly”.
Her departure leaves Britain with two board members, president Sir Craig Reedie and fellow International Olympic Committee member Adam Pengilly.