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by Mark Zalewski
January 24, 2017
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British Cycling CEO Ian Drake, who announced in October his intention to leave his role in the spring, has left the role earlier than expected. The organisation announced on Friday that Drake had formally stepped down from his role, effective immediately. He also has left his position on the Sport England board.
Photo: British Cycling
“I would like to take this opportunity to recognise Ian’s tremendous work for British Cycling as chief executive over the last eight years,” British Cycling president Bob Howden said. “On behalf of the board I wish Ian every happiness in the future. Recruitment for a new chief executive is progressing well and I expect to be in a position to make a further announcement in the coming weeks.”
The British Cycling board askedchief operating officer Jamie Obank to lead the organisation until a new chief executive is appointed.
“It’s something I’ve actually been thinking about for a long time,” Drake said in October. “It’s just the time is right. Some time ago I made the decision that the Rio Games would be my last as CEO of British Cycling.”
The expectation was that the transition would take longer, possibly until a replacement was found. Despite leading British Cycling through high times, including Olympic success, the past year has been a tumultuous time for the organisation, with the allegations surrounding Shane Sutton, an ongoing UK Anti-Doping investigation involving Team Sky and possible funding cuts looming.
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