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by Neal Rogers
July 18, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Wiles takes Stage 5 victory in Thüringen from all-American breakaway; Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford lashes out at Cyclingnews journalist; LeMond: Forget loyalty, Landa should go for Tour de France title; Quintana: ‘It’s not easy to go through such pain’; British Cycling faces crisis if reforms aren’t voted through; Simon Spilak renews contract with Katusha-Alpecin through 2019; Video: Onboard footage of bringing Michael Matthews to Tour de France sprint; Video: Bauke Mollema’s son reacts to TV images of father’s Tour de France stage win.
It is “doubtful” that crucial governance reforms for British Cycling will be approved next weekend, plunging the organisation into a financial crisis, a former chief executive told BBC.
Peter King, who ran the governing body from 1997 to 2008, said that he expected the proposals to be rejected at an extraordinary general meeting of its national council on Saturday. The government has warned British Cycling that funding is dependent on adoption of reforms designed to improve governance standards across sport. But King believes that opposition among the organisation’s 130,000 members will mean the board fails to secure the 75% majority required to vote through the changes.
Funding agency Sport England has allocated £17m to British Cycling to boost grassroots participation, while UK Sport is set to invest £26m for its Olympic and Paralympic teams’ preparations for Tokyo 2020. But both sums hinge on complying with sports minister Tracey Crouch’s governance code. From November, boards of governing bodies must be more independent and diverse, and be “the ultimate decision-making body and exercise all of the powers of the organisation.”
One of the country’s best-funded and most successful sports governing bodies, British Cycling has been the driving force behind the country’s unprecedented success in recent Olympic and Paralympic Games. But it was thrown into crisis last year amid claims by former riders and staff of bullying, and a UK Anti-Doping investigation into allegations of wrongdoing in the sport. Last month, following a year-long investigation, an independent review concluded cycling “lacked good governance” and many staff reported “a culture of fear.”
British Cycling has apologised for its failings, overhauled its leadership team, and introduced an action plan. With an annual general meeting not scheduled until November, the board called an EGM [extraordinary general meeting] in order to get the reforms approved. “I worry about the future whichever way the vote goes,” King said. “We’re in a bigger crisis now than 20 years ago [when, with British Cycling close to bankruptcy, there was a vote of no confidence in the board].”
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