Confidence in our sport – Zacharides v Information Commissioner, First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights)

The First-tier Tribunal has ruled that information relating to the progress of athletics in the UK coming up to the London 2012 Olympics was confidential information and exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

UK Athletics Limited, the UK athletics governing body, provided the information to the UK Sports Council, a body which distributes public funds to support high performance in sport. The applicant had applied for the information to be disclosed under the Act.

The tribunal ruled that the information had been submitted by UK Athletics Limited in confidential circumstances, that the information itself was confidential, and that the public interest argument for disclosure of the information was not strong enough to justify disclosure.