Health Minister Rebecca Evans has suspended the chair of Sport Wales, the body that spends more than £20 million a year supporting both community and elite sport. Dr Paul Thomas was appointed by the Welsh Government last year but the board he inherited passed a vote of no confidence in him on 22 November.
The minister suspended the board's activities the next day and set up an assurance review that has now reported back to her. As a result she has now reinstated the board but suspended both the Dr Thomas and his vice-chair, Adele Baumgardt. Ms Baumgardt was one of the board members who unanimously supported the vote oif no confidence.
A former senior civil servant, Lawrence Conway, has been appointed interim chair of Sport Wales. Rebecca Evans has told AMs that she regrets that she couldn't give more certainty today about the future of Sport Wales but that a long term solution was needed, "not a sticking plaster".