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Following a period of turmoil within British Cycling, its chairman Jonathan Browning has indicated that he is to resign. “I have a passion to see through the transformation that we started, and have been encouraged by others to continue this work, which is why I put myself forward as a candidate for the role of independent chair,” the former motor industry executive said.
“However as I went through the process, it became clearer to me that British Cycling would benefit from a new leader to see it through the next stage of its development, particularly as British Cycling reshapes its relationships with its public funding partners.”
Browning took over the role after the previous chairman Bob Howden stepped down in February. The federation was under pressure after a series of issues. In April 2016 the Daily Mail revealed that the sprinter Jess Varnish had been dropped from the team; she and her team sprint partner Katy Marchant had been publically critical of British Cycling after they missed qualification for the Rio Olympics.
Varnish made allegations of bullying within the federation, prompting technical director Shane Sutton to quit. Other athletes also made similar claims, which led to an investigation. Separately, it emerged that British Cycling employee Simon Cope had transported a mystery package to Bradley Wiggins in June 2011, leading to a separate inquiry.
Browning had been a board director with the federation since April 2014 and was criticised over his handling of the Varnish allegations. Culture, Media and Sport select committee chairman Damian Collins MP has said Browning should step down, while Sport England has said it could withdraw funding unless the federation overhauled its leadership.
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